Monday, January 13, 2014

Can I run when I have a cold?

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The best way to decide whether you should exercise is to employ what doctors call the "neck check." Feel free to go running if your cold is "above the neck." Above-the-neck symptoms include:
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
Doctors advise against proceeding with your exercise regimen if your symptoms are "below the neck," however. These symptoms include:
  • Chest congestion
  • Hacking cough
  • Nausea or upset stomach
  • High fever
  • Fatigue
  • Body and muscle aches
Some people think that running in cold temperatures will actually make them sick. But this isn't really true. You can't freeze your lungs or windpipe. Your body heats the air you breathe. When the air is particularly cold, you may feel a burning in your chest as you inhale. If that's the case, try covering your mouth with a scarf or wearing a ski mask. That'll help heat up the air before you inhale it.
Keep in mind, though, if you have an infection in your chest or throat, running outside can indeed make things worse (according to the below-the-neck rule). But if you have a simple head cold, it should be fine to take that run, even if it's cold outside. The adrenaline running provides can even help clear up a stuffy head.
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