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Exercise Do’s and Don’ts When Feeling Ill

How to Help--Not Hinder--the Healing Process

Most people get hit with allergies, colds and other minor ailments throughout the winter months, and when they do, the issue of exercise often arises. Should you skip exercise altogether until the bout passes?

Or should you tell your trainer you need to work extra hard to build up your immunity? Or, conversely, should you shift your workout to a lower intensity? With few hard-and-fast rules existing regarding exercise and illness, refer to the following “do’s and
don’ts” when determining whether working out will help or hurt your physical condition.

Choosing a Yoga Class

Finding the Best One for You

Fitness studios, health clubs and wellness centers around the world are adding yoga classes to their schedules, but which one is right for you? Yoga styles today range from very gentle and meditative to vigorous and technically demanding, says Mara Carrico, the San Diego-based author of Yoga Journal’s Yoga Basics — The Essential Beginner’s Guide to Yoga for a Lifetime of Health and Fitness. Selecting a class that fits your goals, physical condition and fitness level is very important. Carrico offers these 10 tips for finding a safe, effective yoga class to include in your workout:

When Drugs and Exercise Collide

Know the Physical Interactions of Pharmaceuticals

You probably know that problems can occur when you combine different drugs or use certain drugs in conjunction with certain foods. Yet, are you aware that a wide variety of commonly used drugs — including prescription, over-the-counter and herbal products — can affect your response to exercise, potentially increasing your risk of injury? Discover how to stay sage using these tips from Carol Krucoff, coauthor of Healing Moves: How to Cure, Relieve and Prevent Common Ailments with Exercise.