LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- When you take the right steps to protect your health, and that of innocent gym goers, working out while you're sick may even be good for you. Here are five ways not to be that annoying sick person at the gym.

Check out the full list from Reader's Digest: 5 Ways Not to Be That Annoying Sick Person at the Gym

1. Be a good gym citizen - Take precautions to keep your germs to yourself. Wipe down your equipment and it may be a good idea to skip group classes and go at an off-peak time when there are fewer people around. Working out can open nasal passages and temporarily relieve congestion.

2. Use the "neck check" - If your symptoms are above your neck, think congestion, coughing, and sniffles, exercising is OK. If you've got fever, body aches, or a deep chesty cough, stay home. Go with your gut, though: if your above-the-neck symptoms are so bad they're making you uncomfortable, hold off on exercise.

3. Consider fever a red flag - It bears repeating: If you're nursing a fever greater than 101-degrees Fahrenheit, crawl back into bed. The danger is exercising and raising your body temperature internally if you already have a fever, because that can make you even sicker.

4. Dial-down your intensity - Now's not the time to crank up that interval workout or push yourself an extra 15-minutes on the treadmill. Walk instead of jog or do a restorative activity like yoga or Pilates.

5. Drink, drink, drink - It's always a good idea to guzzle water while exercise and never more so than when you're sick. The nasal drainage that occurs during colds coupled with over-the-counter remedies that contain antihistamines can cause dehydration. Your body needs fluids to recover and get rid of toxins.

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