You’ve been doing so well, keeping up your exercise regime and then suddenly you come down with a cold. Now the stakes are high, should you get more sick you can’t exercise at all, should you stop altogether you lose momentum. Luckily, there is something you can do.
When you are struck with a cold, the last thing you may want to do is keep that body moving, but there are benefits to doing so, especially if you are getting into or staying in shape. Whilst you do need to listen to your body when you have a sick, you don’t necessarily need to down tools altogether. Here are the best options for you when the common cold strikes. Top of the list is a pretty simple exercise, walking. Even if you can get 15 to 20 minutes of this in, you will keep the metabolism going and even help to lessen the symptoms. Breathing in that oxygen clears out the nose and throat and makes living with the cold a bit easier.
If you find walking easy, you could bring it up a notch and opt for a job. Not the kind of intense run you would normally do, just enough to get you moving and work those muscles a little.
If getting out is not an option, why not try a little Tai Chi. Not only does it work your muscles, it relaxes you and takes your mind of how you are feeling. This in itself can help to clear up your cold.
There are a range of easy ways to keep the body going when you have a cold. The thing to remember is not to overdo it. Endurance and strength training are not the best options right now. You can keep going, but keep it sensible, after all, you are not at your best so the sooner you let yourself recover the better.