Got A Cold – Should You Work Out?
A recent study sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine indicates that exercising moderately while you have a shared cold doesnt affect the severity or duration of the symptoms.
Its a widely excepted concept that exercising and keeping in shape will reduce your risk of getting sick, but nothing has been before proven to demonstrate whether working out while experiencing from a cold would reduce or strengthen the symptoms.
The shared cold affects us all, with the average American getting sick up to six times a year, but will exercising when youre not feeling well, increase or decline your ability to battle the illness, and reduce symptoms?
The study, headed by Thomas G. Weidner, Ph.D., Ball State University in Munice Indiana, involved 50 moderately fit student volunteers, who were divided randomly into two groups: exercising and non-exercising. Each volunteer was injected with the cold germs, and tracked for a ten-day period.
The subjects all kept a daily log of physical activity. The exercise group worked out either by running, biking or using a step machine for 40 minutes every day, at no more than seventy per cent of their maximum capacity (measured by heart rate save).
Upon completion of the study and after examination of exercise data, symptom severity, and actual mucous weight measurements, there was shown to be no meaningful difference in symptom severity or duration in the exercise group or in their idle counterparts.
The study revealed that exercising at a moderate intensity level does not strengthen cold symptoms or compromise the immune system. It seems that a moderate level of intensity is not enough to alter immune response.
Reader beware, high intensity exercise such as heavy weight lifting or high intensity aerobic training has been shown to have a negative impact on the immune system during a cold or any respiratory infection.
Symptom to Exercise Guidelines:
Runny nose, sneezing, scratchy throat only Safe to exercise at low intensity levels.
Fever, dry cough, sore muscles, vomiting, diarhrea Exercise not recommended, begin again more intense physical activity when cold, or infection is gone.