When you ask around, you'll find plenty of what we find to be useless advice to "use common sense." Argh. Some authoritative sources, like the American College of Sports Medicine's Fitness Book, advise you to take it easy for a few days, since you won't see much fitness decline unless you remain inactive for two weeks or so.
But we prefer the clarity of the "neck down" rule: If your symptoms are all above your neck -- sore throat, runny nose, etc. -- it's okay to do a light workout. But if your symptoms are below the neck, too -- fever, chest cough, body aches -- you need time to recover without the added strain of a workout.
Fitness author Covert Bailey adds that if you do work out with neck-up symptoms, take it easy -- it's a good time to work on stretching and other "soft" exercises.
And, we'd like to add, if you must use the machines at the club, try not to sneeze all over them, okay?
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