how do you adapt your workouts when you get a cold?

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    Feb 27, 2011 8:41 PM GMT
    i've been coming down with a cold , first time in almost a year . Symptoms are benign for now and i've opted for total rest for a couple of days and see if my immune system can deal with it more swiftly.

    do you still train through it without adapting your routines? or do you train more lightly ? do you take a break ?

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    Feb 27, 2011 10:59 PM GMT
    I stop working out and let the body focus on coping with the cold.
  • hdurdinr

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    Feb 28, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    What Caslon said. I never understand people who go to the gym when they have a cold, it just makes it last longer and DEFINITELY don't do any cardio.
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    Feb 28, 2011 1:08 AM GMT
    I begin popping 500-1000 mg of vitamin C at every meal, which usually returns my energy level within 24 hours. I don't change a thing in my workouts. If I am doing cardio, it seems to help clear the symptoms up actually.
  • silverfox

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    Feb 28, 2011 1:11 AM GMT
    hdurdinr saidWhat Caslon said. I never understand people who go to the gym when they have a cold, it just makes it last longer and DEFINITELY don't do any cardio.



    Plus "Hey tnanks for sharing all your f*cking germs with me! Ah-choo!" icon_twisted.gif
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    Feb 28, 2011 1:14 AM GMT
    center saidI begin popping 500-1000 mg of vitamin C at every meal, which usually returns my energy level within 24 hours. I don't change a thing in my workouts. If I am doing cardio, it seems to help clear the symptoms up actually.


    Vitamin C has never been clinically proven to help you get over a cold, whereas new research shows that zinc is incredibly effective. Check this out: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/for-cold-virus-zinc-may-edge-out-even-chicken-soup/?scp=1&sq=zinc%20cold&st=cse (sorry I can't get the link to work), start popping zinc, and stay the hell out of the gym so you don't pass your cooties on to the healthy folks.
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    Feb 28, 2011 1:15 AM GMT
    I haven't been to the gym with a cold myself, because I was only doing free weights at home until the first of this year.
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    Feb 28, 2011 1:16 AM GMT
    Bunjamon said
    Vitamin C has never been clinically proven to help you get over a cold, whereas new research shows that zinc is incredibly effective.


    I use it to to reduce severity of the symptoms and get my energy levels back to normal ASAP, but then I hate being sick. I will check that link though.
  • Bunjamon

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    Feb 28, 2011 1:19 AM GMT
    center said
    Bunjamon said
    Vitamin C has never been clinically proven to help you get over a cold, whereas new research shows that zinc is incredibly effective.


    I use to to reduce severity of the symptoms and get my energy levels back to normal ASAP, but then I hate being sick. I will check that link though.


    But I reiterate, Vitamin C has never been clinically proven to do either of those things, but zinc has.

    Also, taking vitamin C or ingesting things with a lot of vitamin C reduces absorption.
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    Feb 28, 2011 1:22 AM GMT
    For rhinovirus (common colds), zinc binds to the ICAM receptor of certain body cells (hence ZICAM), which prevents the virus from binding to those cells. For some reason, ZICAM is labeled as "homeopathic", but it is definitely NOT homeopathic and tends to lessen the severity and duration of the common cold. It also has its potential side effects.

    But taking supplemental zinc may have similar results, or at least be a prophylactic to certain cold viruses.
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    Feb 28, 2011 1:42 AM GMT
    xassantex saidi've been coming down with a cold , first time in almost a year . Symptoms are benign for now and i've opted for total rest for a couple of days and see if my immune system can deal with it more swiftly.

    do you still train through it without adapting your routines? or do you train more lightly ? do you take a break ?



    Based on what I have been taught in school, you dont want to move to a sedentary lifestyle. I wont go into talking about taking meds because that is not at all area of study, but strength training stimulates the immune system. I would lighten your workout to around 70% of your normal weights for given exercise. it might not be real challenging but it keeps you away from fatigue

    Cardio is especially important because it also forces lymph to flow. Much of your lymph system is moved around by muscular contractions and cardiovascular exercise opens capillaries to allow white blood cells/immune cells into extracellular spaces.

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    Feb 28, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    you dont adapt your workouts when youre ill. your body needs rest not added stress.
  • starboard5

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    Feb 28, 2011 1:52 AM GMT
    Bunjamon said
    center said
    Bunjamon said
    Vitamin C has never been clinically proven to help you get over a cold, whereas new research shows that zinc is incredibly effective.


    I use to to reduce severity of the symptoms and get my energy levels back to normal ASAP, but then I hate being sick. I will check that link though.


    But I reiterate, Vitamin C has never been clinically proven to do either of those things, but zinc has.

    Also, taking vitamin C or ingesting things with a lot of vitamin C reduces absorption.


    Also, high doses of vitamin C have been linked to kidney stone formation.
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    Feb 28, 2011 1:58 AM GMT
    Stop working out until you've recovered. You'll only be placing you're body under additional strain while it's trying to cope with getting rid of a pathogen. Your body will use all the resources it can get to aid in getting rid of it. Rest and keep hydrated. A few days off won't hurt you, but working out while sick may well slow your recovery down.
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    Feb 28, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    so i'm doing the right thing then.
    i got zinc supplements here and ZMA .

    regarding vitamins i just read that during a viral infection vitamin C levels drop substantially .

    in the last days of a cold i also read that contagion is reduced though not all gone.
    isn't it possible to train without spreading your germs around : microbicide gels, coughing in a tissue and then throw it away, washing hands etc. ?

    what is intriguing is that i teach kids and am exposed to sick students weekly... yet i didn't get anything in practically a year .
    and then, boom .

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    on a different note , i recall many years ago when i was racing mtbikes i got sick and asked my doctor if i should race ? she said to go ahead .
    I did , came in 2nd , and in the hours following the race i started feeling much better . The day after it was practically gone.
    Same thing happened when i was due to perform in a recital at Concordia University . I was totally sick, but played anyway and oddly a few hours later i started feeling much better .

    but i also went on skiing a day ( actually stupidly did that numerous times ) i was coming down with it and by the evening it got totally disastrous: congestion, headache etc .
    i think viruses are incoherent buggers.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Feb 28, 2011 2:19 AM GMT
    The experts, who are not me, I'm a busy guy I don't have time to make shit up, say that if you're sick above your throat you can work out. Below the throat, you need to rest.
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    Feb 28, 2011 6:02 PM GMT
    I rest and let my body concentrate on removing the virus. And for the sake of not spreading the cold, I don't go to the gym.
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    Feb 28, 2011 9:45 PM GMT
    Kanaka24 saidyou dont adapt your workouts when youre ill. your body needs rest not added stress.


    There is a difference between stimulating a reaction and causing stress. Obviously why you reduce load.

    jeffy87 makes a good point about spreading the cold in the gym. That is why I just wipe down equipment before and after I use it.
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    Feb 28, 2011 9:48 PM GMT
    I stop going, if I feel like I am getting sick....I worked out one time while i was sick, and it made it worse....Plus...I don't want to get others sick...icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 28, 2011 9:54 PM GMT
    YoungjockMN said
    Kanaka24 saidyou dont adapt your workouts when youre ill. your body needs rest not added stress.


    There is a difference between stimulating a reaction and causing stress. Obviously why you reduce load.

    jeffy87 makes a good point about spreading the cold in the gym. That is why I just wipe down equipment before and after I use it.


    when your immune system is suffering, the last thing you do is "adapt your workouts." you rest lol.
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    Feb 28, 2011 9:58 PM GMT
    Kanaka24 said
    YoungjockMN said
    Kanaka24 said
    when your immune system is suffering, the last thing you do is "adapt your workouts." you rest lol.


    LOL no lie!
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    Mar 01, 2011 5:41 AM GMT
    immune system suffering ??
    it's being mobilized which in itself is not a bad thing .
    that's one virus that won't bother you again.
    of course there are hundreds of others.

    after all my perusing :
    best thing is to supplement your body with all it needs and rest to keep your energy levels high.

  • Mar 09, 2011 3:40 PM GMT
    So I am recovering from a cold right now and resting from the gym. How do you know you're ready to go back? My colds tend to stay forever and ever. I'm looking at how easily I get cold and how cold my gym tends to be, but with traveling and catching a cold...it's been a week and I miss it.
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    Mar 15, 2011 8:01 AM GMT
    Listen to your body...something babies do and we adults don't....If you need to rest, then rest. A few days not working out will not undo the years of workouts
  • DrewT

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    Mar 15, 2011 8:08 AM GMT
    Caslon17000 saidI stop working out and let the body focus on coping with the cold.


    ^^^This. Why? If I work out or do anything strenuous, it takes me longer to fully recover. Id rather be down for a week then miserable for 3 weeks.