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"The first wealth is health."
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
The American College of Sports Medicine website offers a variety of health and fitness brochures for individuals interested in sports medicine and exercise science. Topics include resistance training, reducing sedentary time, selecting appropriate fitness equipment and injury prevention.
Foods and Stress
A great way to decrease the risk of getting sick is through regular engagement in exercise, as it helps the immune system fight small infections like colds. But if a cold hits, is it safe to exercise?
It is generally safe to exercise when you have a cold, it’s important to pay attention to your body. It is best to reduce the intensity and length of your workout to avoid further decline in your health. Some medications, such as decongestants, can increase heart rate. Likewise, your heart rate is increased with exercise. This can cause your heart to pump very hard, and you may become short of breath and have problems breathing. If a fever is present with your cold, consult with your doctor before engaging in activity.
If you have a cold and feel miserable, take a day or two off from normal exercise to get needed rest.
Balanced Exercise Routine
Combining: aerobic exercise (walking), strength training (weights) and flexibility training (yoga) is great for an overall balanced fitness routine. Combining all three of these exercises is important for achieving optimal fitness benefits. Aerobic exercise will give you a good cardio work-out that strengthens lungs and heart. Strength training strengthens muscles and bones. Flexibility exercises can improve balance, coordination and range of motion, as well as lessening your risk of injury.
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