A good workout on a regular day will make you feel like a Victoria’s Secret model in training. But what about when you’re feeling a bit under the weather? You might have heard that working out when you have a cold will make you feel better, but is it worth it to push yourself? Well, we have the answer straight from the health pros (doctors, duh!).
“Research has shown that when someone has a cold virus, in general, it is safe to exercise,” Leah Mooshil Durst, MD, assistant professor at Loyola University Medical Center tells Everyday Health. “There is no difference in how the body responds to exercising when it is fighting a cold virus. Some of the participants in [a] study even said they felt better from their exercise session in spite of their colds, but this did not help them get better faster.”
OK, since a SoulCycle class doesn’t cure the common cold, your decision to exercise just depends on your symptoms. “When you are sick, the most important thing to do is listen to your own body,” infectious disease specialist Catherine Liu, MD, recommends. If your energy levels are on the up and you are fever-free for 24 hours, then feel free to get moving! On the flip side, if you do have a fever, body aches or a cough, you should probably just take it easy and skip the workout. “Sweating does not help get rid of a cold,” Liu says. “Rest and staying hydrated by drinking liquids are important in helping you get better.” We know, that will just be *so* hard for you to say no to the gym.