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Exercising with a Cold

Exercising with a Cold

It’s coming up to that time of year where most of us experience the horrors of blocked noses, chesty coughs and itchy throats. Find out some easy exercises that can help keep you active during these times.

When we’re ill, all we feel like doing is lying on a couch, wrapped in a blanket watching Netflix all day. However, some of us still want to keep moving, and light exercise can actually make you feel better. You don’t want to push it too much though, as working your body whilst it’s already weak isn’t good for you. We’ve put together a list of some light exercise that don’t put too much stress on your body (but cosying up is okay too.)


1.       Walking

A short 20 minute walk can help you reap the benefits of regular exercise without requiring too much energy. If your sinuses are blocked, walking encourages deep breathing which can help to open up the passages. If walking is making you feel worse, just go back home and rest. Remember to wrap up warm to prevent you getting more ill!


2.       Running

If you’re a regular runner, those no reason a common cold should stop you doing what you do. If you feel up to a jog rather than walking, you still experience the similar benefits as running is a natural decongestant. Don’t run with flu-like symptoms however, you may over exert your body.


3.       Yoga

Having a common cold releases stress hormones in the body to help fight infections. Stress-relieving techniques like yoga are believed to perhaps boost immunity as well as the gentle stretching relieving the aches and pains that come with a cold. You can stick to slower styles of practice and restorative positions if you’re worried about overdoing it.


4.       Dance

Cardio dance classes like Zumba can serve as a stress reduction technique. Dance classes are usually low impact, so you build up a sweat without putting too much stress on joints and aggravating your headache. Dancing also allows you to take your own pace, which can be useful when feeling under the weather.


Other activities can be hit and miss. Swimming, for example, can help you feel fresh but it may be difficult to do when your congested and unable to breathe properly. Biking can be a nice light excericse, but can dry out your nasal passages and increase sore throat symptoms and cause a runny nose. It all depends on what kind of activity you usually do and how you’re feeling.


Just remember not to overdo it. Using up too much of your already low energy levels can make you feel worse and extend the length of your illness.

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