The matter of whether you should work out when you’re sick is tricky, since we don’t know how sick you are. According to Dr. Grewal, moderate exercise can both provide a healthy hormonal boost, and speed up the process of immune cell distribution throughout your body.
A good, if general, rule of thumb is to listen to your body before pushing yourself too hard. If it feels like you can’t go for a run, don’t.
Winter may be the worst, but you can emerge in spring bigger and stronger than the rest, ready to hunt salmon and forage and… yeah, you’ll just be healthier than you’ve been in many, many winters.
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Nicholas Knock is a freelance writer for Thrillist because he hummed too much at his last job. You can follow him when he’s back on Twitter.