• Should I work out with this cold?

    Hanoi weather can be brutally toxic sometimes. No matter how much of a healthy lifestyle you’re having, it is unavoidable to catch a cold.

    If your symptoms are in your head, nose, or throat – and you’re feeling up to it – it’s fine to work out. If it’s below your neck (or in your chest), this is the time when you’ve really got to rest. Working out with a chest cold is “asking for trouble,” since it can exaggerate your pesky symptoms and prolong your bug.You need to start listening to your body and giving yourself the time and space to heal, even when it’s “frustrating as all hell!” You’ll thank your future self, since taking it easy is the only way you’ll feel better, sooner.

    A few of the habits that could help you manage through cold and flu season unscathed are plenty of rest, a healthy diet full of antioxidants, and staying hydrated in cooler temperatures, but exercise is also a big factor.

    Exercise supports your immune system because it reduces stress. While stress wreaks havoc on your mind, it can can also wreak havoc on your immune system. When the levels of the stress hormone cortisol are heightened, it leaves you immunocompromised. Working out regularly keeps your cortisol levels in check — and keeps you healthier and happier!