Whilst high intensity workouts and extensive weight training are not advisable when you’re feeling a little under the weather; there are some exercises that may actually help you get back on track.
Walking – Having a cold can sometimes compromise your energy levels and you may not feel up for intense physical fitness. However, even just a short walk can help you reap the benefits of regular exercise and maintain your cardiovascular health, as well as improving your cold symptoms.
Jogging – As long as jogging is part of your regular routine, there is no reason why you need to skip it just because of a mild cold. You can scale back the intensity of your normal run and let your body work to fight off infection. Just ensure you drink lots of water whilst exercising!
Yoga – Whilst fighting illness and infection, the body often releases stress-related hormones. Therefore, stress-relieving exercise, such as yoga can help boost your immunity. Controlled breathing exercises and gentle stretching are a great way to relieve aches and tension that may be a result of your cold.
Dance – Similarly to yoga, dance can serve as a great stress reliever. Whether you’re taking a cardio dance class, or even just bobbing away to your favourite songs whilst cleaning the house, dance tends to be low impact and less-strenuous on your body.
Swimming – Acting as another form of moderate cardio, swimming can help clear congestion and boost your energy levels. The water often can feel quite refreshing and may also assist in opening up your airways. Taking each length at your own pace means that you don’t have to sacrifice your routine whilst feeling a little under the weather.