Getting back to the gym after being sick

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    Mar 01, 2011 1:11 AM GMT
    I asm sure this post is one here already but had to give it a shot myself.

    For about the past week I have been sick and just not mu self. It's both a little depressed and actually sick. it's been going around work. I know they say you should still go and workout to keep your imune system going but I just don't have the energy and dont' want other to get what I have (hopefully that isn't an excuse).

    How do others get through that week or so and get back to the gym? I don't have weights at my house yet but do crunches and pushups and try to walk more at work when I can.

    Thanks for your help. I just love RJ's helps and advice. You guys are great.
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    Mar 01, 2011 1:58 AM GMT
    yeah, i would jus run (inside if u have treadmill) and do pushups, pullups, crnches, dips, and other self-weight exercises. I feel especially awesome after i run when im sick. The sweating never feels as good.
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    Mar 01, 2011 2:18 AM GMT
    Kenneth_w saidI asm sure this post is one here already but had to give it a shot myself.

    For about the past week I have been sick and just not mu self. It's both a little depressed and actually sick. it's been going around work. I know they say you should still go and workout to keep your imune system going but I just don't have the energy and dont' want other to get what I have (hopefully that isn't an excuse).

    How do others get through that week or so and get back to the gym? I don't have weights at my house yet but do crunches and pushups and try to walk more at work when I can.

    Thanks for your help. I just love RJ's helps and advice. You guys are great.


    i would just rest up and try to get over it ASAP before working out. when i get sick i call in to work, let them know and then just lay in bed and sleep until i feel better. i've noticed that i get better sooner when i do this. i've tried going to work while sick and it just extends the sickness. i would imagine working out would make it worst but who knows.
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    Mar 01, 2011 2:23 AM GMT
    Agree with avadakedavra. I'd just take time off until your fully recovered. Sometimes, a little time off from the gym can be a good thing. Then, when you're feeling better, go back and hit it HARD!
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    Mar 01, 2011 2:25 AM GMT
    AvadaKedavra saidi would just rest up and try to get over it ASAP before working out. when i get sick i call in to work, let them know and then just lay in bed and sleep until i feel better. i've noticed that i get better sooner when i do this. i've tried going to work while sick and it just extends the sickness. i would imagine working out would make it worst but who knows.


    Alas, I wish I could call into school and say this. But my university has a strict policy of you have to basically be deathly ill and in the hospital in order for you to receive accommodations from your teachers. Our health department will NOT write you doctor's notes for Flu, Strep, etc, you are just screwed. I got the flu a couple weeks ago and all of my teachers wouldn't let me reschedule their quizzes and/or asked for a doctor's notes (Catch 22 since the health center, as I said, has a strict no doctor's note policy unless you've been sick for over 7 days and been hospitalized). So, long story short: I had to go to class and hand in my homework/do quizzes, and because of it I now have a secondary infection due to having to walk/bike roughly 8 miles per school day in 20 degree weather.

    So, to the OP: If you have the option, REST. Get better FIRST, or else you'll pay for it later.
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    Mar 01, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
    I experienced this same thing myself about a month ago (in fact, I also made a thread about it). I caught the flu. I didn't work out at all for about 8-9 days and made sure I got plenty of rest. Then when I started back, I gradually got back into it while still getting a lot of rest. After a week of doing this, I was good as new. It was like I hadn't missed a beat.

    You say you are still pretty weak. My advice would be to listen to your body. If you are really tired and weak, don't be doing any kind of working out. But, if you are feeling better, then start off slow. Do not overdo it! You could have a relapse and be even worse. Once you begin to feel better, do more.

    And, as everyone here has said, get lots of REST!!!
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    Mar 01, 2011 4:28 AM GMT
    I agree with the majority here. I say rest and stay out of the gym until you feel human again. Then when you start feeling better, go back slowly and see how you feel.

    I just went back to the gym tonight after 4-5 weeks off for illness. I had bronchitis (I'm also asthmatic), and just waited until I was better. Unfortunately, just as I was getting better, my boss got me sick again, so it was a long time since I'd been to the gym. I hope you get well soon.
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    Mar 01, 2011 5:32 AM GMT
    yeah, i did start a thread about training when having a cold.

    my conclusion :

    i rest for the time the symptoms are at their worst , which can be anything from 2 to 5 days ... as long as i'm sneezing and coughing and suffer nasal drip, best to stay home.
    Once they recede , i resume w/o, but take precautions to wash hands often, use microbicide gels etc.
    you 'll notice you can't sustain the same intensity .
    that's ok, it comes back.
    drink/eat /rest
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    Mar 01, 2011 9:36 AM GMT
    I never get sick. Im not even joking around. It just doesn't happen. So many school days i never got to miss icon_cry.gif
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    Mar 01, 2011 10:39 AM GMT
    Rest. Your body needs to heal.