(Closed) Cardio or no cardio when you have a cold?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: Should you avoid cardio workouts while sick with a cold?
    Yes, it could make the infection worse. : (8 votes)
    18 %
    No, as long as you are not feeling really bad. : (20 votes)
    44 %
    It's better to stick with non-cardio, like pilates or yoga. : (3 votes)
    7 %
    Go to bed! : (13 votes)
    29 %
    A cookie would be nice! : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    5107 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @trueblue14:  I did cardio when I was sick this last time, every day. It made me feel better… I totally got that runners high.

    Post # 4
    2224 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I just had a tiny little thing of a cold once, thought I could power through it and it would only help boost my immune system by getting my blood to pump harder to kill the infection.


    As soon as I got back I felt a bit worse and the next day I felt like I’d been hit by a truck and was down for the count for a week.

    Was it really caused by the walk? Maybe, maybe not, maybe it was waiting to get worse anyway. But I wouldn’t risk it, myself, anyway.

    Post # 5
    2622 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @trueblue14:  Why would it drag it deeper? you have to breathe anyway so just by doing cardio its not going to “drag it deeper”

    As long as you feel up for it, it should be fine. You dont want to go all out and make yourself so tired that your body cant fight the infection (that is the only real danger), but exercise can also boost your systems.


    Post # 6
    436 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    @trueblue14:  I have always been under the impression that the best way to get over being sick is to ‘work it out’

    I run when I’m not feeling well and it helps me a lot

    Post # 7
    3424 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @trueblue14:  I work out when I have a cold but If a fever is present, I’m on the couch 🙂 I had the flu this past week and decided to take this week off and start up on Monday. Would it be so bad if you just let your body rest? Our bodies need rest to heal. Take it easy until you feel like yourself again, you’ll know when your ready to jump back in. 

    Post # 8
    195 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    When you have a cold, or any illness, your body needs as much energy as possible to help fight it off! So I would say, first get better, then cardio it up 🙂


    Post # 9
    1497 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    If it’s a simple cold, light cardio should be fine (like walking).

    But if you have a fever, raising your core temperature could be dangerous.

    Post # 10
    1038 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    If you are running a fever or having chills, body aches, feeling weak…then I would say rest.  But a regular head cold with cough and runny nose…I think light cardio would be fine. 

    Post # 11
    369 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @trueblue14:  I always heard that it depends on the type of cold you have. That you can still do cardio with a head cold but should skip it if its a chest cold.

    Post # 12
    4682 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    @hma812:  That’s what I heard too.

    Post # 13
    301 posts
    Helper bee

    I guess it depends on how well you feel. When I’m sick, I usually want to crawl under the covers and die. I can’t imagine wanting to go out for a run. If you’re feeling up to it, maybe go for a walk, but don’t push yourself too hard. All that energy you’re devoting to working out could be used to fight the infection.

    Post # 14
    1416 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    If it’s just a head cold, and you can actually LIFT your head (I get BAD colds sometimes and sitting upright let alone working out can be impossible) push through, it can even help! If it’s at all a chest cold, you shouldn’t do cardio.

    Post # 15
    5984 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    good rule- as long as your symptoms are above the neck you are good to continue to workout….

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