Working out when ill- should it be done?

  • Fuzzers

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    Jul 19, 2007 4:11 PM GMT
    I had just gotten back into the swing of things when this cough came around and threw a wrench into it. I feel fine other than the congestion. I've seen other guys on here mention asthma-related difficulties, but still work out.

    My question: Do you work out when you're not at 100%? Or do you wait it out before hitting the gym?


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    Jul 19, 2007 5:55 PM GMT
    If it's just a cough, you're probably still alright. When I've been slightly ill and went to lift weights, I went easier than usual and drank plenty of water. If I was *really* sick, then yeah, I waited it out before going back to the gym.
  • gymingit

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    Jul 19, 2007 5:56 PM GMT
    For sure... you guys that have been doing this a while... we would like to know. I have had sinus pressure recently myself after getting my voice back. My trainer wouldn't work me with weights and he cut my cardio down to 40 minutes on the days I felt a little better and kept telling me to take off if I weren't feeling well at all. He also said to use saline nasal spray to keep the sinuses moistened.
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    Jul 19, 2007 7:09 PM GMT
    I would hope that one would stay out of the gym, unless of course one has a personal and private gym. Going to the gym when one is ill is like when others come into work hacking up a lung or worse. Please stay at home, we don't want it and we don't want it on us.

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    Daniel
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    Jul 19, 2007 7:44 PM GMT
    Exactly, dfrw!
  • Fuzzers

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    Jul 19, 2007 8:54 PM GMT
    Ah, if it was contagious, then definitely!!! Etiquette requires it. It's allergy related though. We've had an extremely wet summer here, and anyone with the least sensitivity is a sack o' hack.
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    Jul 19, 2007 9:38 PM GMT
    I couldn't tell you the exact mechanism, but I've found that aerobic exercise actually relieves allergy-related congestion pretty well. At times, my symptoms have been so bad that I've missed weeks of work (mostly before the current generation of drugs came out). However, it turns out that I breathe easier for hours after a light work out, and mild allergy symptoms disappear completely for a while.

    But for any kind of infection or infectious disease... stay out of the gym or pool!
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    Jul 19, 2007 10:27 PM GMT
    I am on the allergy shots program as I suffer from severe allergies. I am getting 5 shots per week for a year then once a month for up to 3 years.

    My allergist physician told me specifcially NOT to perform aerobic exercises after the shots. She said the decongestion effects of exercise is temporary and can reverse to become temporarily worse after a few hours...

    She is also really against any decongestants, including caffine...

    I do not know the reasons or biopathway why she recommend this, but so far I do follow her instructions...
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    Jul 19, 2007 11:12 PM GMT
    I agree with mindgarden. It clears me out if I'm stuffy. If you have allergies, though, it's not going to get better anytime soon and you should get medication. Working out with weights or cardio, the latter if done outside probably won't harm anyone, can help with the symptom, not the cause. I don't necessarily back off of what I do, but I do do it slower and make sure that I'm drinking water and keeping alcohol wipe sanitized, hands washed constantly, etc.

    If you are coughing a lot and can't hold off in doing so more than, I don't know, five times, while exercising, it's probably best for everyone if you just don't come in and get some rest instead.

    Coughing is great for the abs though, so it's like you're getting a workout, even if you're not at the gym ;)
  • zakariahzol

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    Jul 20, 2007 1:02 AM GMT
    I dont think you should work out when you are really sick. But when you are really just a few degree hotter it shouldn't be a problem. There is time when I have recover from a flu/fever I just not in the mood to start exercising again. Some time it take month for me to get back to the way I was and be motivated again. Just like Chuckystud mention....LAZY. Sometime a little sickness is just an excuse to be lazy.
  • hotversguy

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    Jul 20, 2007 4:58 AM GMT
    i've always gone by the rule that if you don't have a fever and the symptroms are above your collar bone you're good to go.

    or go to bed :)
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    Jul 20, 2007 12:37 PM GMT
    If ur slightly ill you make the "illness" in your body spread faster through your body by going to the gym - or you'll make the "planned illness" even worse than it was "planned".
    So my advice would be: don't go if you're not feeling at least 95% good.
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    Jul 20, 2007 1:03 PM GMT
    Your body needs energy to recover - take that away you'll struggle to recover and workout.

    I'm also one who opposes people "sharing" their illnesses at the gym.

    Believe me you wouldn't last long going for a jog while having the flu - I've seen a guy try it and he nearly collapsed.

    Best to look after yourself rather than make things worse.

    Anth
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    Jul 27, 2007 8:31 PM GMT
    The general rule is that if you are having respiratory problems, working out will actually open up your respiratory passages and help you to breath better. You will not be able to go 100%. Chances are that by the time you have symptoms of a cold you are past the contagious stage and should be ok. If you have a head cold then the general rule of thumb is to stay home and rest as.

    As for the germs guys, if you're that worried about them then you should wipe off any equipment you use prior to using it as well as after. You can't count on the person who just used it to have the same courtesy.
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    Jul 27, 2007 8:50 PM GMT
    I have the same problems, here in Texas, all the rain we have gotten only fed the ragweed and now it's everywhere.
    I have some good luck with NasoNex. It is a steroid and you do two squirts up your nose and it opens everything up.
    (Hee Hee, I said squirt)

    Ask you Doctor, it helped me.

    If you are blowing snot and spit, don't go the gym.
    If you just feel down, sit in the sauna or the hot tub.