Can I exercise when I have a cold?


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    You have a cold and you're want to work out, but you're not sure if you should. Maybe you've heard that it's best to stop exercising when you have a cold. Is that true?

    When you have a cold and you feel like exercising, you can do it, according to the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.

    "This is one of those circumstances where you should listen to your body,” said

    Dr. John Swartzberg, head of the editorial board at the Wellness Letter. “If you've got a cold, there's no data that suggests that exercise is going to make it worse. Now that said, you don't want to overdo it and exhaust yourself because you're not going to feel very good and that's on top of not feeling well with the cold.”

    Studies have found that exercising when you have a cold does not change the severity or duration of cold.

    Even so, it's best to start slowly and at a lower intensity than your normal workout and see how you feel, before you work up to your normal routine.

    "On the other hand, if you have influenza, you're sick and you have a fever and you're really ill, that's not the time to be exercising,” Swatzberg said.

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