Under-the-weather workouts

By: Dr. Uche Odiatu, Nov 15, 2012

Should I work out if I am sick with a cold?

If you’re battling a cold or flu, should you cut back on your workouts?

This is a fairly common question from people who love to exercise through rain, sleet or snow. Exercise is a well-known proven way to build resilience into your body, fortify your cardiovascular system, tone muscles and strengthen your immune system. However if your body has lost the “cold” war and you are sniffling, sneezing, and coughing, exercising is not the best way to recover quickly.

It is usually a much more prudent idea to allow your body to recuperate during the first several days of your cold. Also, working out with a fever is never a good idea as exercise raises your body temperature even more and will prolong recovery. So, even though exercise is a form of good stress it will only challenge your body’s ability to heal and get better. Your best bet is to eat healthy foods, rest and get sound sleep during the first sign of a cold.

You have many more workouts ahead of you and the last thing you want to do is spread your germs around the gym or expose your teammates to your dastardly microbes!


Dr. Uche Odiatu, BA, DMD, is an NSCA and Can Fit Pro certified personal trainer and, along with his wife Kary Odiatu, a celebrated international speaker. Uche is also a lifelong athlete, a certified holistic lifestyle coach, a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a practicing dentist. Uche and Kary are the authors of The Miracle of Health: Simple Solutions. Extraordinary Results. To learn more, visit www.fitspeakers.com.