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When to Back Off from Exercise

When to Back Off from Exercise

Sometimes it's hard to know whether working out could make a minor sore throat or the sniffles worse.

Luckily, there's a rule of thumb you can follow. In her book Outdoor Fitness, exercise expert Tina Vindum recommends an above-the-neck check.

Here's how it works
"If your symptoms are from the neck up, ask yourself: 'Do I feel like working out?'" recommends Vindum. If the answer is yes, then go for it. But if your symptoms are all below the neck -- it's difficult to breathe, your chest feels tight, or you're wheezing and coughing—don't exercise. Give yourself a break and rest up.

Give colds the cold shoulder
The best way to keep your fitness routine intact? Avoid a cold in the first place. Try these immune-boosting tips:

Find out what really revs up your immune system—and what doesn't—with the quiz in this article.

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