Working out while sick?

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    May 21, 2008 10:46 PM GMT
    I've got a nasty case of sniffles that's been bugging me for a day or two. Problem is I nabbed it right after I went back to see some old friends and spent the weekend putting back beer and junk food. So now, I feel like double crap, and contemplating working out while sick, even though I've always subscribed to "heal first."

    Is it actually bad to work out while you've got a cold? I figure it would at least be inconsiderate of others around you, considering how nasty most of that equipment already is. I was going to work out yesterday and wussed out for fear I'd sneeze and drop the bar on my head.
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    May 21, 2008 10:54 PM GMT
    If you are having violent spasms due to your cold, then you probably avoid lifting heavy weight over yourself.

    I woke up last Monday of last week with a sore throat and sinuses. When I went to my personal training session, I told my PT about my symptoms and volunteered to cancel the session.

    He had me keep the workout session. But we toned down the stress, while making the body move. His goal was to move my lymph through out my body to help fight the cold. I am sure you know the lymph system has no pump, like the blood system has a heart. So it relies on muscle movement to move the lymph.


    P.S. That pic of you from the top of your head makes me think of Ben on last season's Make Me a Super Model.
  • ShawnTX

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    May 21, 2008 11:19 PM GMT
    I don't know if it's actually bad for you, but I do recall working out while having a cold a few years ago and it just made me feel worse for the rest of the day.
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    May 22, 2008 1:47 AM GMT
    i am a firm believer is working out while sick, unless you jsut cant move. Not lifting but do cardio. I also hit cardio with a cold because I sweat it out. SOmetimes i feel horrible the rest of the day, sometimes i dont but almost always, the next morning when i awake, the cold is just about gone. Good luck bud!
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    May 22, 2008 1:50 AM GMT
    novembermike saidI've got a nasty case of sniffles that's been bugging me for a day or two. Problem is I nabbed it right after I went back to see some old friends and spent the weekend putting back beer and junk food. So now, I feel like double crap, and contemplating working out while sick, even though I've always subscribed to "heal first."

    Is it actually bad to work out while you've got a cold? I figure it would at least be inconsiderate of others around you, considering how nasty most of that equipment already is. I was going to work out yesterday and wussed out for fear I'd sneeze and drop the bar on my head.



    Oh Good God, Typhoid Mary, stay home!
  • dfrourke

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    May 22, 2008 1:51 AM GMT

    somewhere I heard that if your immune system is kicking in its response to whatever you are fighting off [you feel that general sense of malaise or low energy]...it's best to rest up...

    ...oh...and my personal request...keep your germs to yourself and avoid infecting the entire gym...icon_wink.gif

    - David
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    May 22, 2008 1:55 AM GMT
    dfrourke said
    somewhere I heard that if your immune system is kicking in its response to whatever you are fighting off [you feel that general sense of malaise or low energy]...it's best to rest up...

    ...oh...and my personal request...keep your germs to yourself and avoid infecting the entire gym...icon_wink.gif

    - David





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    May 22, 2008 1:57 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said[quote][cite]dfrourke said[/cite]
    somewhere I heard that if your immune system is kicking in its response to whatever you are fighting off [you feel that general sense of malaise or low energy]...it's best to rest up...

    ...oh...and my personal request...keep your germs to yourself and avoid infecting the entire gym...icon_wink.gif

    - David





    THANK YOU[/quote]

    You mean to tell you dont like those people who cough all over the machines and weights? Thats part of the fun in going to the gym lol. j/k.
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    May 22, 2008 2:10 AM GMT
    Ive been told to go sweat it off and also to stay at home so no one else will get sick since the immune system is not too strong when you are working out and lifting hard. It is easier to get sick while at the gym. I dont know how true that is but I dont want to find out!
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    May 22, 2008 2:39 AM GMT
    Here's what I've learned about this topic over the years:

    If the illness is in your chest, with a nasty cough - do not exercise. Rest.

    If it's in your head - no weight lifting, cut your cardio in half, lots of stretching.

    If it's in your intestines...as in diarrhea, do not work out to avoid hydration.

    Also, if you're taking pseudoephedrine - the powerful decongestant in Sudafed and other meds, don't do too much. It can cause lots of muscle soreness and possibly damage.
  • fitdude62

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    May 22, 2008 2:44 AM GMT
    Officially it is good to workout with a common cold. It can actually help you get rid of it faster. The one counter-indication is if you have a fever you DON"T want to workout. Working out raises the body temp and if it is already high you don't want it to go higher.

    Conversely, be kind to others and keep antibacterial wipes with you to clean your equipment after you have finished. It is the nice thing to do.

    David
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    May 22, 2008 2:46 AM GMT
    Think I'm just going to drink a gallon of orange juice and sleep for thirteen hours (thank God for nyquil).

    This way, none of y'all will get my cooties.

    Might try running in the morning, see how that feels...
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    May 22, 2008 5:05 AM GMT
    I've had this same question as it seems I had a sinus infection off-and-on from December until March. If I had stayed out of the gym until I felt great, I would never have gotten any workouts. I've read that as long as you're not running a fever, you don't do any harm by working out.

    Everybody at the gym seems to have a cold during the winter, so I just try to use the hand sanitizer and wipe down all the equipment before and after. I survived; so glad it is spring!