Can The Common Cold Be Reduced By A Workout?

Suffering from the common cold means that getting up from that cozy bed and working up a good sweat via a quick exercise routine might be the last thing on your mind. In fact, we bet that it’s not even there in the first place, and is instead just filled with musings as to why Mom’s chicken soup doesn’t taste as good.

We get it. You don’t want to move because you’re sick. One health exper,  however, said that it just might be the thing you need to help you feel better faster. So how about a couple jumping jacks?

Physical Exercise For Common Cold

This is because according to Dr. Jayson Loeffert, a sports medicine physician at Penn State Health in Hershey, Pa., physical activity can easily give your heart rate a quick boost, which then helps promote healthy blood flow, opens up your lungs, and even releases endorphins. As a result, you’ll feel much better, and can even encourage you to go out to get some sun. Of course, we don’t mean jumping from your bed and going crazy. Per Dr. Loeffert, only exercise with the intensity that your body can take, and promptly reduce it if you feel tired sooner than normal.

As such, fatigue and coughing are indications that you need to take a break, sit down and down a glass or two of water.

"If you are really congested or wheezing, you might be short of breath, so you'll want to decrease the intensity," Loeffert said.

Furthermore, Dr. Loeffert also doesn’t recommend exercising if you are suffering from an actual fever.

"Exercise naturally causes an increase in body temperature. When you have a fever, your temperature is already higher than normal. If you have a fever, exercise can then cause your body temperature to be further increased to an unsafe level," he added.

And naturally, Loeffert also added that covering your mouth when you cough and sneeze while exercising in a shared environment is also important because it lessens the likeliness of germs getting spread around.

Common cold The scientific community has been struggling to prevent common cold because of the ability of viruses to rapidly become resistant to drugs and stay undetected by the immune system. Pixabay

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