If you're feeling sick but only have a cold (and not the dreaded flu that's going around), then you're in luck. You can still exercise if you've got above-the-neck symptoms like sneezing, a runny nose, and a sore throat (but not a fever). And since exercising helps boost your immune system and can make you feel better faster, sticking to a less-intense version of your normal workout routine is a healthy decision. Here are four workouts you can do if you've got the cold.
- Relaxing yoga: Try a slow yoga sequence, not a fast-paced Vinyasa yoga, to help stretch out your body and relieve tension. This restorative yoga sequence will help you feel better fast.
- Swimming: Now's not the time to do timed laps, but a low-impact pool exercise routine won't be too hard on your body.
- Jogging: When you're sick, experts recommend you exercise at 50 percent of your normal intensity, and slowly work your way up from there until you feel better. This walk-jogging workout is slow enough to keep you from overexerting yourself; cut it to 30 minutes if you don't have the energy for an hour.
- Easy elliptical: Likewise, a mellow elliptical routine will still burn calories, open up your lungs, and make you feel better. This 35-minute beginner elliptical workout is a good go-to workout when you're sick.