2. When the Neck Rule Does Not Apply

There are some instances where above-the-neck symptoms indicate you should not exercise. People experiencing dizziness should avoid even moderate exertion. Likewise, it is good to stay home if a blocked nose is impacting your ability to breathe. A fever is a definite indication that you should not exercise, so people with flu symptoms should check their temperature before heading to the gym. Anyone with a medical condition should discuss their workout routine with their doctor to determine a safe way to exercise.

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