SHOULD YOU SKIP EXERCISE WHEN YOU HAVE A COLD?

A: Not necessarily. "If the symptoms are above the neck, like a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, or sore throat, exercising should pose little or no risk," says Cedric X. Bryant, PhD, chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise in San Diego. "In fact, mild to moderate exercise has been shown to help boost immune system function." But if your symptoms include body aches, chest congestion or tightness, and a hacking cough, workouts should be postponed.

DO YOU WANT TO START RUNNING? AIMING AT DOING A 5KM FIRST? WANT TIPS?

A: If running 5 km is your aim and you have poor cardio fitness, the first thing you need to do is cast out any doubt you might have of yourself. Don’t say you are going to try for 5km, say you are going to do it. Running has a lot to do with mindset. Second of all, you need to pace yourself. Don’t go out on your first run and expect to be able to run 5k. Start off with intervals: walk for 2 minutes, run for 1 minute and next time walk for 2 minutes run for 2 minutes. Then you can build yourself up to a 2 km walk/run and work your way up. I recommend getting the run keeper app and registering for a 5km course. It breaks it down simply and within weeks, if you follow it, you will be running 5

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