The sniffles, headaches, coughs, body pains, fatigue, and tiredness have all joined forces to bring to you exclusively, cold season! Oh, what joy! It comes every year without fail, lingering and choosing it’s victims one by one. When you become the victim, it is hard to know exactly what the right precautions are to take when it comes to sticking to your workout routine.

A recent study has shown that working out regularly during cold season will help minimize your chances of getting sick. The British Journal of Sports Medicine kept track of 1,000 adults, ages 85 and younger, during this study.

The results proved that physically fit people are less apt to get sick and if they do get ill, their symptoms are much kinder than those not as fit.

The participants in the study who lead a less healthy lifestyle by stressing, getting inadequate amounts of sleep, eating a poor diet, and not maintaining a regular workout routine ended up getting sick much easier.

A quick side note from that same study: men who are dating or married have a lower tendency to get sick. Back to the important results, this study ultimately shows that working out five or more days per week will reduce you having to take sick days by up to 46 percent! You know what that means…

Your sick days can instead be used for personal days! What your boss don’t know, won’t hurt ’em.

Another study done at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center came out with results that said 30 minutes or more of moderate exercising per day will lower your risk of getting sick by half and will also give your immune system an extra little push. I’ll take both of those chances, thank you!

So, does working out keep you from getting sick?

As those results prove, working out as much as possible during the week will greatly benefit you, and reduce your chances of having to spend sick days in bed. However, if you are completely unable to dodge the sickness bullet (like me), use this strategy to decide if you should be working out while it runs its course.

Categorize your symptoms from the neck up or the neck down.

What that means is, if you have sniffles, mild coughing, headache, and head cold stuff, then you are pretty safe to do a slight variation of your usual workout routine. Don’t push yourself overboard! Keep in mind that you are not in full health and you still need time to recover. It is easy for those workout endorphins to make you feel so much better after a workout. Do not be fooled by them, usually once they wear off you will feel just as you did before, or worse.

If you are dealing with below the neck symptoms like a fever, body aches, or coughing that is deep in your chest, skip your usual workout routine. Give yourself plenty of time to get better so you can come back with a bang. If you do not allow yourself time to heal, you will only worsen your condition and have to skip out on exercising even longer. Be sure to do all the usual remedies while you are ill.

You know, drink lots of juices, get plenty of rest, stay warm, all of that “blah blah blah” stuff that makes an enormous difference in staying healthy.

When you’re feeling well again, get back to your workout and build your immune system to prevent the next cold from catching you!