When I was at the gym a few days ago, I couldn’t help but notice that the girl on the elliptical in front of me had a pretty bad cold.
Witnessing her hacking cough during her leg and arm pumping movements on the machine, I found myself asking the question, “How sick is too sick to work out?”
According to the Mayo Clinic, gym-goers should let their bodies be the guide. As a general rule, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, Edward R. Laskowski, M.D., suggests that if your symptoms are “above the neck,” then you should be okay to sweat a little. However, if your symptoms are “below the neck,” you should probably take a break from the gym.
So, what constitutes as “above the neck” and “below the neck?”