A couple of years ago, I had to literally talk myself into getting exercise.Â Unless it was a round of golf, or a pick up game of basketball, I would have to drag, or be drug, into the gym or onto the street for a workout.Â Not anymore.Â Now I look forward to the Â“me timeÂ” associated with working out–Pam, you didnÂ’t read that last sentence.
However, whenever I get sick, I still try and talk myself out of exercising.Â In the past, when I havenÂ’t felt good, IÂ’ve taken it as a sign that my body is trying to tell me that itÂ’s time for a break.Â IÂ’ve hadÂ cough, cold, and mild sinus infection for about 2 weeks now but IÂ’ve still continued to work out.Â I havenÂ’t felt great at times.Â In fact, the other day I actually stopped running.Â But I just learned a few things in the New York Times that tells me IÂ’m doing the right thing by continuing to exercise when IÂ’m sick.
Neither exercise performance nor metabolic responses are adversely affected in those exercising with colds.Â Psychologically, you may not feel great while doing it, but the latest research shows that youÂ’re physically able to perform as well as when you feel perfectly healthy.Â IÂ’m not so sure this is true for elite athletes, but for the average Joe, I buy it.
Many people actually feel better while exercising with a cold.Â The current research suggests that exercise doesnÂ’t decrease recovery time.Â It also doesnÂ’t actually decrease the symptoms of your illness, but many people with a cold reported feeling better after working out.Â This doesnÂ’t work for me, but it may for you.
The research cited in this article, like many of the health and fitness articles I come across, was a very small study (only 45 participants).Â So take it for what itÂ’s worth.Â I find it remarkable that there are so many studies out there in this field that get published with such small study samples.Â In any case, it doesnÂ’t sound like exercising will sick (unless you are really sick) is such a bad idea.Â Maybe we should replace the old Â“feed a coldÂ” idea with Â“sweat a cold.Â”Â It can only help us lose a little bit more weight, right?