Is it okay to exercise while you have a cold?
November 06, 2019 7:34PM
According to the Mayo Clinic, as long as there is no fever present, mild to moderate exercise is usually acceptable, and it can even help open the nasal passages and relieve congestion. As long as your symptoms are “above the neck” (runny nose, sore throat, etc.), you’re good to go. However, even if you don’t have a fever, exercise should be avoided if you are experiencing “below the neck” symptoms, such as nausea or chest congestion.
In general, though, listen to your body. If exercise makes your symptoms worse, take a few days off, or at the very least, shorten the duration of the workout and keep the intensity level low. Also keep in mind that you may be contagious, and it’s probably better to avoid public gyms where you could transmit germs to other people.