working out while sick - yay or nay?

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    Dec 23, 2010 7:23 PM GMT
    out of all the aspects of keeping up a regular workout regimen, being sick is what i despise the most. in general, most advice given (from what i've researched) is to cut out the workout routine until your health is back to normal. what do you guys think? should a person put their workout regimen on hold until healthy, or does it depend on the severity of how sick the person actually is?
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    Dec 25, 2010 1:11 AM GMT
    Depends on what ails you, and your personal tolerance levels.
    Personally, I workout with colds (had a cold for the past week and still working out).
    Other illnesses, not so sure.

    Whatever you do, listen to your body. It'll tell you if you're doing too much.
  • Syphon

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    Dec 25, 2010 1:19 AM GMT
    If it's just a cold, you should be fine.

    If you have a fever, a chest cold, or just feel like shit overall, I wouldn't do it.
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    Dec 25, 2010 1:22 AM GMT
    I agree that it depends. If I have just a cold or something then I will go to the gym (but make sure to disinfect so I don't get anyone else sick). If its the flu or something worse then you shouldn't go. One, because you don't want to be spreading that around. Two, your body needs to rest to recover from both the flu and working out so you might be better off to skip.
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    Dec 25, 2010 1:32 AM GMT
    Agree with what everybody has said above. When its just a little bit cold, then I do workout, but might cut down on the weights to avoid stressing out my body too much. If its fever or something contagious, I will stay home. No point in hurting your body and making others sick.
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    Dec 25, 2010 1:35 AM GMT
    If your illness is above the neck, it's OK. If it's below, probably not. But you have to listen to your body. Another concern is for the people around you. If you're sneezing and hacking up a long, you could be infecting them with your illness. And I doubt there will be an appreciate thread posted for the boys that cause everyone to get sick at the gym.
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    Dec 25, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
    Tallguy87 saidout of all the aspects of keeping up a regular workout regimen, being sick is what i despise the most. in general, most advice given (from what i've researched) is to cut out the workout routine until your health is back to normal. what do you guys think? should a person put their workout regimen on hold until healthy, or does it depend on the severity of how sick the person actually is?
    i say yay
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    Dec 25, 2010 1:55 AM GMT
    Tallguy87 saidout of all the aspects of keeping up a regular workout regimen, being sick is what i despise the most. in general, most advice given (from what i've researched) is to cut out the workout routine until your health is back to normal. what do you guys think? should a person put their workout regimen on hold until healthy, or does it depend on the severity of how sick the person actually is?

    Definitely put your workout on hold until you are well, even if it is a cold. Your body needs to put its resources to fighting the illness. You can even take a couple of weeks off and you will hardly notice the difference when you get back into it.

    If you can't take a break when you are sick, then you are psychologically out of control with working out. Take a rest. Go out and enjoy the rest of life. Working out is the means to an end, not the end itself.
  • jeepguySD

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    Dec 25, 2010 1:57 AM GMT
    It's not just about you, it's also about others in the gym. Do you really want to be spreading the cold or flu viruses -- or something else -- around the gym for other people to get sick?
  • Anto

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    Dec 25, 2010 1:58 AM GMT
    No you shouldn't workout while sick.
    1. It puts more stress on your body.
    2. Risk spreading the infection to others.
  • _TheOne_

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    Dec 25, 2010 2:15 AM GMT
    For me. Sometimes a workout is just what I need to shake off a cold.

    If it's anything more serious of course I don't try to workout.
  • calibro

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    Dec 25, 2010 2:27 AM GMT
    nay. not only do you owe it to your body time to recover (seriously, what is the big deal about taking time off from the gym when you consider how long you have for the rest of your life to make up for that time off... or the fact that you need recovery periods in general even if you feel well), but also you could get someone else sick.
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    Dec 25, 2010 2:28 AM GMT
    From the onset of cold symptoms, you should be post-infectious after about 4 days, so skip the gym for at least that length of time. This will also give you a bit of recovery time.
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    Dec 25, 2010 2:36 AM GMT
    What to eat to prevent flu and colds

    http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=128

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    Dec 25, 2010 2:51 AM GMT
    Tallguy87 saidout of all the aspects of keeping up a regular workout regimen, being sick is what i despise the most. in general, most advice given (from what i've researched) is to cut out the workout routine until your health is back to normal. what do you guys think? should a person put their workout regimen on hold until healthy, or does it depend on the severity of how sick the person actually is?


    DUH, of course don't work out when you're sick. Think of it as an opportunity for all your muscles to recoup fully. This being said if you're out for a week or less. Anymore than two weeks then yeah you should probably worry about losing some muscle.
  • CarbGoggles

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    Dec 25, 2010 2:54 AM GMT
    Dude you should go balls to the walls at crossfit. I seriously doubt it will kill you...