Not only does hot yoga make you sweat, which at the start of a cold can flush toxins out of the body, yoga also promotes healthy breathing, so it helps relieve and clear sinus airways to boost immunity as well as providing relief for general muscles aches and pains.
Swimming in a heated pool, if you’re cold is not too far along, can help clear congestion and boost your dropping energy levels. Just keep in mind that once your refreshing dip is through, be sure to dry off completely before going outdoors.
Gentle, mindful exercise that incorporates breathing with physical exercise and meditation is never a bad thing when you feel a cold coming on. For one, qi-gong is low-intensity so you won’t be sweating and catching a chill post-workout. And secondly, it reduces stress and improves blood flow or “chi,” for renewed bodily energy so you can fight those germs.
When a cold has you down, taking a lively cardio class, like Zumba, can certainly liven your spirits. Part of the reason we get so floored by a cold or flu is that our bodies are stressed. So if you can interrupt the cold cycle with a bit of stress-release early on, you will better be able to fight off cold-virus antibodies.