Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tip For Tuesday: Exercising with a Cold

Right now, I am recovering from a spring time cold that I caught at the end of last week. It's been a rough few days, but thankfully I have a great husband that took over everything so that I could rest as much as possible.

Since I've been down and out with this cold, my husband has been taking care of Piper (our 2 month old) and because of that (and a lot of prayers), I think she has been spared from catching this bad cold. I have been sneaking a kiss or two on the back of her head, but other than that, I have been keeping my distance (and it has been one of the hardest things I've done as her mom, yet). We have been trying extra hard to keep her free from illness because today is the day she gets vaccinated. We want her well as possible, and I have been praying that she stays well after, too.

Just last week, I began to exercising regularly again. Since Sunday, I haven't been feeling anywhere near able to continue with that routine. My chest has been way too congested, and it lead to me wonder, should I even be thinking about exercising with a cold, to begin with? I have been doing a little research as far that goes, and I wanted to share with you what I have found.

Web MD: Because moderate exercise may give your immune system a boost, it is usually safe to exercise while you have a cold, as long as you listen to your body. When workouts become too stressful or excessive, there can be a decreased amount of white blood cells circulating throughout your body and an increased amounts of the stress hormone, cortisol, which may inhibit the ability of certain immune cells to work properly.

Web MD: Exercising with a cold depends on what ails you. If it's just a cold, you may be OK. If you have a fever, working out is a definite no-no. Furthermore, Neil Schachter, MD, medical director of respiratory care at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York says "If your symptoms are above the neck, including a sore throat, nasal congesting, sneezing and tearing eyes, then it's OK to exercise. If your symptoms are below the neck, such as coughing, body aches, fever and fatigue, then it's time to hang up the running shoes until these symptoms subside."

Since this cold is in my chest, I am going to give exercise a rest until I am feeling up to it again; hopefully soon!

Readers, do you have any tips to share for when exercising with a cold?

Tips for Tuesdays Past:

Baby Steps 

Positive Thinking

Keep your goals in mind each day and don't be afraid to change up your plans.

Fight the all or nothing mentality. Compromise, a little. Let go of the guilt and give yourself a break.

1 comment:

  1. So glad you're back into exercising and doing your routine towards a healthier lifestyle!