How do you know if you should continue training?
- Generally, if symptoms are "above the neck" such as a common cold, training may continue
- Common colds still have an adverse effect on the immune system, so if training continues it's still a good idea to decrease the frequency, length, and intensity of workouts until recovered
- Training should cease if an athlete has an elevated temperature, aches, chills, lung congestion, or an upset stomach
- If you aren't sure if you should continue or return to exercise, consult a physician
- Start with indoor workouts so it's easy to stop and rest when needed
- Gradually increase the frequency of workouts
- Following with increasing the duration of individual training sessions
- The final step is to up the intensity of the workout
- Each athlete is different so the time will vary for each individual regarding a full return to training
*If symptoms reoccur, it is recommended that an athlete contact a physician immediately to avoid further complications.
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