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Q: Going to the gym with the commond cold? ( Answered,   3 Comments )
Subject: Going to the gym with the commond cold?
Category: Health > Fitness and Nutrition
Asked by: sal930-ga
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Posted: 28 Mar 2006 06:31 PST
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Question ID: 712752
Are there any studies that suggest going to the gym if you have the
common cold is hurtful, helpful or neutral?
Subject: Re: Going to the gym with the commond cold?
Answered By: palitoy-ga on 28 Mar 2006 07:01 PST
Hello sal930-ga,

Thank-you for your question.

There have indeed been a number of studies regarding exercising (or
going to the gym) when you have a cold.  The general opinion appears
to be you are better off taking a break from exercising than doing
strenuous exercise.

Your body's mechanism to fight the cold - the immune system - works
best when your body is not being stressed.  Therefore pushing your
body less (working out less in the gym) will allow your immune system
to fight your cold more quickly.

There is an excellent article written and reviewed by two medical doctors here:

There is similar advice here:

If you require any further assistance on this subject please do not
hesitate to ask for clarification.
Subject: Re: Going to the gym with the commond cold?
From: probonopublico-ga on 28 Mar 2006 06:34 PST
It's not very friendly because you would probably pass it on.
Subject: Re: Going to the gym with the commond cold?
From: irlandes-ga on 05 Apr 2006 19:42 PDT
Some years ago, when running was the fad, a doctor wrote a book about
running. He said the way to tell when you should exercise is by
measuring your heart pulse rate.  Depending upon your age, the mazimum
heart rate without risk will vary.

The usual danger level was considered to be 90% of 220 minus your age,
though some said it should be a lower percentage. When I am doing
manual labor at our house in Mexico, I do not let it get above around
135, and I am 63.

if you measure your heart  rate, and find out what normal is when you
feel good, any time that rate exceeds that level under normal
exercise, it is telling you that you need more rest. This works no
matter what your problem is.
Subject: Re: Going to the gym with the commond cold?
From: probonopublico-ga on 05 Apr 2006 21:16 PDT
A heart rate of 135?

That sounds very high to me!

Mine's about half that.

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