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A 53-year-old male asked:

If you are recovering from a cold, should you restrain from exercising (say swimming) until you have fully recovered? thank you

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Dr. Christopher Bell
18 years experience
Ok to exercise: It's ok to exercise, and even beneficial, as long as 1.) you don't have a fever--this can worsen your illness and can be very problematic if you have inflammation of your heart muscle as part of the illness; and 2.) it is easy/moderate exercise, not highly intense/vigorous exercise--this can lead to immune system suppression and worsen/prolong your illness.

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