Working out while sick?

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    Feb 19, 2008 8:14 PM GMT
    I'm just getting over some general winter crap -- sore throat, stuffy nose, cough, blah blah blah -- and I'm kind of eager to get back to the gym after totally not feeling like it for a week.

    I can tell I'm pretty much on my last day of my cold, but I'm still kinda logy and not "on".

    Is it a bad idea to do my usual strenuous workout (45 min of cardio)? I just don't want to do anything to prolong my cold. Or would the exercise help chase it away?

    I know most of you aren't doctors, but it's totally OK by me if you play one on the internet. icon_smile.gif
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Feb 19, 2008 9:04 PM GMT
    I'm in the same situation. I thought my cold was on it's last days, two weeks ago, but I still have it.

    I had a Taekwon-do class last night, and I almost fainted. I had to sit the class out. I have another tomorrow, and a tournament on Saturday.

    What should I do?

    Sorry, meb3031, but my case is much more important than yours, as I have a tournament on Saturday icon_lol.gif

    Anyway, I hope you dont mind me putting my case here also icon_smile.gif

    I dont mind anyone playing doctor either icon_smile.gif

    Mike
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    Feb 19, 2008 9:21 PM GMT
    MikePhil said
    Sorry, meb3031, but my case is much more important than yours, as I have a tournament on Saturday icon_lol.gif


    No, please, you have a tournament, so you should go to your tournament. Don't worry about me. I'll be fine. I'll just stay here and cough. Alone. In the dark. Without any heat. Did I mention the heat went out?

    But listen to me going on about myself. Forget about the heat. You're young. Not like me, who it's too late already for. *Cough, cough* But you -- you should go. Have a good time. The important thing is that you're happy.
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    Feb 19, 2008 10:53 PM GMT
    I was sick too, for almost 2 weeks, it just hung on... I work out with a trainer and he says NEVER work out when your sick because you may not get as many gains as you want and also he also wants me to be able to breath, breathing as you know is so important in lifting. I believe him since I pay him by the hour and he wants to get paid, so telling me to stay home makes him lose money.

    Thats all I got
  • imperator

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    Feb 20, 2008 2:57 AM GMT
    meb3031 saidI'm just getting over some general winter crap -- sore throat, stuffy nose, cough, blah blah blah -- and I'm kind of eager to get back to the gym after totally not feeling like it for a week.

    I can tell I'm pretty much on my last day of my cold, but I'm still kinda logy and not "on".

    Is it a bad idea to do my usual strenuous workout (45 min of cardio)? I just don't want to do anything to prolong my cold. Or would the exercise help chase it away?

    I know most of you aren't doctors, but it's totally OK by me if you play one on the internet. icon_smile.gif



    I've always been informed by the idea that given that exercise is a process of controlled damage to your body- so that it will recuperate stronger than before- if I'm down with a cold or something I should allow an interruption in my workout routine. Giving your body as much rest as possible lets you get well faster, meaning a shorter interruption, while diverting resources from recuperating towards exercise prolongs the illness.
  • GeorgeNJ

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    Feb 20, 2008 3:10 AM GMT
    imperator said[quote]... Giving your body as much rest as possible lets you get well faster, meaning a shorter interruption, while diverting resources from recuperating towards exercise prolongs the illness.


    This, and other similar advice above, is correct, I would say. When you have a bug, your body is working overtime to get over it. So rest is critical.

    However what I do is, toward the end of the cold when I'm well enough to go out, I will hit the gym the 1st few days for just a real light aerobic workout -- even if it's only 15-20 minutes on low intensity, just to get back into the swing of things gradually. But there's a judgment call: you have to be careful not to overdo it so you don't have a relapse.

    Good luck.
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    Feb 20, 2008 3:12 AM GMT
    Well it doesn't take a doctor to tell you that if you are sick and not feeling up to 100% in performance that you should take some down time until you feel better. Trust me, your body will thank you. You won't get much out of your workout session if you are sick.

    When I get sick or feel under the weather I immediately make and take the time off to get better. Personally, I'm one of those people who doesn't like to be around others when I'm sick unless I absolutely have to be. I dislike seeing sick people out and about in the gym because they are touching equipment and spreading their sickness. Go home and get better. Eat some something warm, stay hydrated, and get rest.
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    Feb 20, 2008 3:13 AM GMT
    I had that damn flu this winter and was out for almost two weeks. I think I got back into the gym too quickly cause I keep getting mini colds and coughs. I think its best to get more then all the rest you need
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    Feb 20, 2008 2:15 PM GMT
    Thanks for the advice guys. What you all said makes a lot of sense.

    While part of me wanted to get back to the gym asap, another part so wanted not to. So I'll enjoy my little "vacation," and try not to think about all the make-up work I'll have to do soon! icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 20, 2008 5:30 PM GMT
    meb3031 said[quote][cite]MikePhil said[/cite]
    Sorry, meb3031, but my case is much more important than yours, as I have a tournament on Saturday icon_lol.gif


    No, please, you have a tournament, so you should go to your tournament. Don't worry about me. I'll be fine. I'll just stay here and cough. Alone. In the dark. Without any heat. Did I mention the heat went out?

    But listen to me going on about myself. Forget about the heat. You're young. Not like me, who it's too late already for. *Cough, cough* But you -- you should go. Have a good time. The important thing is that you're happy.[/quote]

    ROTFL! icon_lol.gif

    I agree with several of the posts - you should take it easy until you are feeling better. Overstressing your system can do more harm than good. Also - I don't want to catch your bug when I'm at the gym! icon_rolleyes.gif
  • GQjock

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    Feb 21, 2008 11:38 AM GMT
    Funny...
    I am just getting over the flu here myself
    I hate being sidelined
    but given that I was having a hard time getting out of bed
    I think the gym was the last thing I was able to do
    I am just keeping myself as healthy as possible
    eating right and drinking a lot
    plus I don't wanna go back and possibly give this thing to other people>>>> cause it SUCKS BIG TIME!
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    Feb 21, 2008 12:47 PM GMT
    Is it weird that I rarely ever get sick. Maybe once every 3 years or so. Guess I am just lucky.

    When I am sick, I still go to the gym. Take it really easy. I go at night, then basically crash after that. It seems to help me. Working my body makes me recover faster. I guess you can kind of look at it like I am kicking my body into gear!

    Im sure medically its so wrong, but whatev! lol
  • vacyclist

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    Feb 21, 2008 12:58 PM GMT
    I almost never get stay-in-bed sick (as in the flu), but I do get a bit of a cold every once in a while. As long as I'm up & functional I keep up my gym routine....I do back off on intensity as my body tells me to, and maybe spend a little more time in the sauna sweating all the nasty stuff away!