How soon after recovering from an illness do you head back into the gym?

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    Mar 07, 2008 6:01 PM GMT
    I've had a sinus infection for a couple of weeks now... finally on meds.

    I haven't been into the gym in about three weeks because of it though. Just wondering how long most people take after being sick to head back into training.
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    Mar 07, 2008 6:59 PM GMT
    Even if I have a sinus infection, I still exercise. I just don't exercise my nose.
  • NorthFl

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    Mar 07, 2008 7:05 PM GMT
    I was recently down for 2 weeks with a strep/cold thing, heavy on the strep part. I started back after I was done with my meds and was feeling better. Was very weak though when I started back, was working with 100# dumbells for my bench presses and had to drop down to #75's, same for everything I tried. The good thing was I lost 6 pounds, had wanted to lean out so I got a jumpstart on that. So my advice is if u still feel weak, wait a bit longer
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    Mar 07, 2008 7:05 PM GMT
    Mcgay

    I've noticed your nose seems to be shrinking
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    Mar 07, 2008 7:05 PM GMT
    I only skip the gym if my blood sugar's out of whack. Otherwise, I'm always there minimum four days a week.
  • auryn

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    Mar 07, 2008 7:42 PM GMT
    I was actually going to post this same topic. I've been suffering from the sinus/cold thing that's going around and finally started going back to the gym after a week and a half of taking it easy. A doctor once told me that lifting helps boost the immune system.

    I still find myself getting worn out, eventhough I'm lifting lighter than usual and spending less time. I think it's because my T cells are recouping.

    After loading up on Zicam, Mucinex D, and other stuff (including my high in antioxidants chicken soup) I've finally started to get over it.

    Side note for the rest of those that are sick, clean your toothbrush daily with hydrogen peroxide.
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    Mar 07, 2008 7:52 PM GMT
    I did a little 'net research on this a while ago when I wasn't feeling well. Most sites I found said, if it is above the neck, you shouldn't have any trouble working out. If it is below the neck, rest until you recover.

    Either way though, if you are contagious, especially highly contagious, save the rest of us from getting sick and stay home.
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    Mar 08, 2008 1:36 AM GMT

    The trick is to never leave it.
    One-one thousand, HACH-CHU! Two-One thousand, HACH-CHU!
    LOL, in all honesty, I never leave the gym. Even when i'm sick, I go even if all I can do is sit there and cruise. Mmmm, seeing some of those sexy bodies, i'm betting speed recovery!
  • auryn

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    Mar 08, 2008 1:43 AM GMT
    GuiltyGear said
    The trick is to never leave it.
    One-one thousand, HACH-CHU! Two-One thousand, HACH-CHU!
    LOL, in all honesty, I never leave the gym. Even when i'm sick, I go even if all I can do is sit there and cruise. Mmmm, seeing some of those sexy bodies, i'm betting speed recovery!


    Yeah, but I'm sure that watery eyes, a drippy nose, and looking like warmed up shit would make it hard for the cruised to return the favor. Unless you find that rare soul that wants to take you home and nurse you back to health.
  • GQjock

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    Mar 08, 2008 11:03 AM GMT
    It kinda depends on what you're recovering from
    if it's a cold you wanna make sure that basically you're not coughing and sneezing...
    'cause I don't wanna touch any mucous laden equipment

    if its the flu...make sure that you're strong enough
    no fever
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    Mar 08, 2008 11:22 AM GMT
    I say if you aren't feeling 100% then not going tot he gym is fine. you can still work out a home dpending on what you want to.

    One should always consider his safety as well as others when dealing with health in public areas. A friend of mine went to the gym with a headache and thought he was ok. Long story short the headache became very pounding and caused him to smash his finger on the weights because he coulnd't concentrate (most can't with a headache).