Q: "I have a cold. Should I continue to exercise or am I better off resting?"
Mark, Newcastle, NSW
A: Nutritionist Caitlin Reid says:
"Listen to your body – it will tell you if you’re up to exercising when you’re sick. While little research has been done in this area, a study published in the journal of Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise found that exercise ability was not affected by a cold and there was no difference in recovery time between the group who rested and those who exercised with a cold. In fact, when the exercisers assessed their symptoms, they felt okay and in some cases actually better.
If you’re suffering from a head cold, foregoing your exercise regimen entirely is not needed, but care does need to be taken if you have a fever or symptoms below the neck, such as a chest infection. Just remember to always listen to your body."