working out and being sick

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    Jun 14, 2007 12:31 AM GMT
    I've read that doing a light workout is still alright and can even help when you're under the weather and was wondering what you guys thought about it because a friend says he doesn't workout when he's unwell and I haven't been sick for a long time so I can't remember what I used to do.

    My sinuses are feeling pretty crook, blocked and runny nose and trouble sleeping, because it's suddenly freezing cold down here. Drinking more fluids and all.
    I haven't changed my routine yet, I don't think it has helped or hindered my condition yet, just wanted an opinion.
  • atxclimber

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    Jun 14, 2007 1:45 AM GMT
    Not at all what you asked, but I highly recommend using a neti pot for those sinuses. I got allergies for the first time ever this year in Austin and that neti pot has been a lifesaver.

    Kind of freaky and gross at first, but eventually it's like second nature.
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    Jun 14, 2007 2:09 AM GMT
    I have such bad sinus problems with allergies and frequent infections that I considered surgery. I went to see a well known ENT here in Manhattan, and he said that my condition can return even after surgery. He recommended sinus toileting..., meaning a sinus rinse with a specialized bottle, which squeeze pressurized saline solution from one nostril all the way up to your sinus cavities in the forehead then out the other nostril or mouth. You know what? It is hihgly unpleasant, you get teary eyed, but it WORKS! Go to an ENT and try thi stuff!

    As far as work outs, I have heard many different theories. I myself do not work out when feeling down because I tend to go with what I learned fomr textbooks, that your body is busy using all the energy making protien anit-bodies to fight something, so a work out would just be catabolic, you wont gain mass but get better from the sickness even slower....
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    Jun 14, 2007 2:06 PM GMT
    i checked out what a neti pot was and it freaked the hell outta me! haha it's like a nose kettle!

    but a friend of mine does the nasal cleaning with salt and warm water for his really bad sinuses and it works for him. i draw water up my nose (minus the salt) to clean my septum ring and it helps with the sinus problems too.

    yeah i've heard that your body needs to direct its defences to fighting your illness. i just want to maintain my workouts throughout my off days because if i don't workout after three days in a row, i feel depressed and makes it harder to get back into a routine though it isn't a constant occurance (sp?) anymore.

    thanks for the hot tips!
  • Vordhosbn

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    Jun 14, 2007 5:43 PM GMT
    Plus you'd get other people sick.
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    Jun 14, 2007 6:07 PM GMT
    after an intense or heavy workout the body's immune system can be slightly suppressed for up to 24 hours- so being sick or being on the edge of getting sick will only exacerbate the illness.
    Even a light workout will be counter-productive if youre already in the "sick" stage.Your body needs all the immune system functions working for it when youre not well. otherwise, youll have a longer recovery period.you might as well just skip a few workouts and concentrate on getting better.
    if its only allergies, you shouldnt have to worry.In my case, my bad hay fever causes excessive sweating while I workout as my body tries to eliminate the extra toxins and allergens.Its gross for me but probably grosser for the people around me.
  • atxclimber

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    Jun 14, 2007 8:43 PM GMT
    If you can safely practice inversions like headstands, shoulderstands, and handstand, those are great when you're sick; your lymphatic system lacks an organ analogous to the heart, so lymph doesn't get actively pumped around the body like blood does. It just kind of seeps around, moved primarily by the action of skeletal muscles and joint flexion and extension.

    Inverting for a few minutes is a good way to move lymph around, which is extremely beneficial for the immune system.

    If you don't practice inversions you can still get a lot of that even just by lying on your back with your legs up a wall. Anything to reverse the flow of gravity and get that lymph flowing.

    But inversions like head & hand stand will also throw some muscular work in the mix too.

    If you're super stuffed-up, though, when you invert if you feel pressure building up in your head, come out, as that's not good, you'll end up with a bad headache. Instead, then, you can stand with your back near a wall and just do a forward bend, try to touch your toes, relax your neck and let your head hang loose, hold your elbows with your hands so your arms can just hang down too; that'll do a lot of the same stuff without making it feel like your head's gonna explode.

    As for neti pots, it's basically the exact same thing NYC's talking about with the squeeze bottle. You want to be careful with too much pressure, don't want to hurt those mucus membranes. That's also the reason to use an isotonic or slightly hypertonic solution (i.e. as salinated as your tissues, or even slightly more), so it doesn't irritate those mucus membranes (they're already pissed off at you enough.)

    Jala neti, as the practice is called, has 3 stages. In the first, you pour water in one nostril and let it drain out the other. In the second, you pour water in one nostril and gently sniff it into the mouth and spit it out (this is trickier, as it's easy to accidentally swallow the salt water instead.) In stage 3, which I've never even attempted, you take the water into the mouth and release it through the nose. I don't even really know how I would go about doing that.

    Stage 1 (in one nostril, out the other) is definitely useful, but stage 2 gets a lot more out, and I need to do both when I'm congested or I still can't breathe through my nose.

    Here are some detailed instructions, although I don't snort water out of a bowl for stage 2, I tilt my head even more upside-down and keep pouring out of the neti pot.

    Also, at the bottom there they discuss a practice called Sutra neti, and even looking at the photo kind of makes me a little queasy, so be warned. :)
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    Jun 14, 2007 10:46 PM GMT
    i workout at home so no spreading the germs around though it seems what i've got, alergies/seasonal something, is only contained to me unfortunately

    never thought about inverting, i'll give it a shot. with the neti pot method, does it feel like that stinging sensation you get when you've accidentally snorted sea water up your nose?
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    Jun 14, 2007 10:54 PM GMT
    I agree with the guys who brought up the issue of your passing germs on to others if you hit the gym sick. It's only for a few days--be considerate and keep the germs away from the rest of us.
  • atxclimber

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    Jun 14, 2007 11:56 PM GMT
    Jim - nope, if you get the salt measured right, it shouldn't sting at all. Too much salt and it'll burn a little bit, too little salt and yeah, it stings. But there's a pretty big range of salinity in the middle where it shouldn't hurt at all.
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    Jun 17, 2007 1:17 PM GMT
    how using saline solution for contacts? i've used it as mouthwash when i got my tongue piercing so i'm guessing that it's alright considering it's somewhat sterile.