It seems a lot of us have been sick. Most of us. While I encourage students to remain active, it is imperative to know when to rest and when it is safe to sweat it out. My personal rule of thumb -- chin up? get on up! neck down? lie back down!
As an allergy sufferer, I often experience sinus congestion. Exercising helps to keep my sinus passages nice and warm so any mucous that may be building in there can get moving on out. But my experience is that once chest colds have taken hold, breathing is strained and/or there are cold medications being employed, it is a good idea to sit it out. The latter, particulary, will place further stress on your heart and lungs, making exercise difficult, or worse, unsafe.
I understand all too well the desire to get back at it when returning from being sick. As a general guideline, take the number of days you were out sick to ease back into your routine with moderate intensity exercise. If you were sick for 3 days, take it easy the first 3 days you are back at it.
The following is one of my favorite infographics on the subject, excerpted from Precision Nutrition. Check it out. And take care, my friends!
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