Posts Tagged ‘sick’

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?”

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Autumn is my favorite season. But aside from the great fashion, delicious food and the beautiful landscapes, it has one extreme downside: it’s the beginning of flu season.

I hate being sick. Seriously, I would rather have both of my arms broken and have to walk around wearing two casts instead of being confined to my bed. So, in lieu of walking around campus waiting to be infected, I recently got my flu shot.

If you only ever decide to take my advice on one thing, let it be this: always get a flu shot. Now, this obviously won’t apply to those who are allergic to the shot itself (sorry about that, by the way; it must be torture having to wait in anticipation to contract the yearly flu), but if you can get it, I suggest that you do.

However, if you can’t get the shot or just don’t want to, you can still protect yourself from the weeks-long sickness by taking preventative measures. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are six main steps one can take to prevent the flu from taking over your body, and even to treat it if you’re one of the unlucky sufferers:

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