The Myth of Exercising in the Rain

Posted: August 23, 2012 by alexkaminetzky in Announcement

Contrary to popular belief, the simple act of running in the rain does not make you more prone to illness.  After working out in the rain, you should make sure you take off all your wet clothes as soon as possible and replace them with dry clothes, because warm, wet conditions promote the growth of bacteria and fungi that lead to disease.

If you think you’ve been exposed to an illness, you can prevent the impact of a full-blown cold by increasing your fluid intake. The rain naturally makes you feel sick to a certain extent, so working out in the midst of a cold will only make matters worse.   Next time you think you may get caught in the middle of a storm during your next run or pickup basketball game, keep in mind that the rain will not make you sick, but how you handle yourself and your clothes afterwards can.

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