Can You workout/weightlift if you have sinus infection/congestion??

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    Aug 27, 2008 7:14 PM GMT
    Have a bit of sinus infection/congestion --- missed couple days of gym. Wondered if it was ok/healthy to even go bust out a small light workout even under those conditions?? Or would probally throw off immune system? I'm almost positive it isn't a cold/contagious issue.


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  • fitdude62

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    Aug 27, 2008 10:28 PM GMT
    The only contraindication of working out is if you have a fever. Working out raises your body temperature and if you have a fever you don't need to raise it higher.

    A regular cold or congestion should not be a problem when you are working out. In fact, the workout and raising your respiratory rate could even help it.
  • acrojock10

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    Aug 27, 2008 10:37 PM GMT
    As long as you aren't taking anti-biotics you should be good. If you are wait 24 hrs after your last dose. Fit dude said it best... not if you have a fever. (fever is an indicator of infection, and whether they should have or not, most doctors will prescribe A/B's if you have one!)

    You're a big hot piece of meat! I'm doubting a few days away will hurt you much!
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    Aug 27, 2008 10:46 PM GMT
    If I took time off for sinus issues, I'd never make it to the gym. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 27, 2008 11:09 PM GMT
    Big_K saidHave a bit of sinus infection/congestion --- missed couple days of gym. Wondered if it was ok/healthy to even go bust out a small light workout even under those conditions?? Or would probally throw off immune system? I'm almost positive it isn't a cold/contagious issue.


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    you could definitely still work out...just know that you'll be working with a supressed energy level
  • docmarvy

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    Aug 27, 2008 11:12 PM GMT
    I've consulted a few medical folk on this issue and the consensus is runny nose/congestion/past the contagious phase (which you're over if you're symptomatic, generally), then go for it. You can work out.

    As stated above if you're feverish, then no. No point in getting delirious or fainting.

    That said, I tend to push myself to go even if my body is giving me every indication that it's shutting down. Which is profoundly stupid, because I get there, do one set, I'm miserable, and go home.

    Don't waste the gas.


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    Aug 27, 2008 11:24 PM GMT
    Very simple rule on this guys neck and above with no fever safe to workout, congestion below the neck, stay below deck. Granted this is a bit of an oversimplification, but it makes a good guideline and I've never seen anyone go wrong with it yet.
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    Aug 28, 2008 1:38 AM GMT
    I was told by a doctor that I can work out when on antibiotics for strep
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    Aug 28, 2008 6:38 PM GMT
    Thanks guys, appreciate the input! I'm still pondering whether or not to hit the gym, its day#4 - have some intense sinus pressure in my upper face - so unsure if thats a bad indication. NO fevers, from what I know anyway...hehehe Thanks guys!
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    Aug 28, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    Oh yea mos' def! I would NEVER go into the gym if I had something sick/contagious (ie: flu, cold,....pink eye..haha) - naw this was simply 'bout sinus congestion versus weightlifting crap. I know better to NOT go to gym w/ something contagious!
  • joeindallas

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    Aug 28, 2008 9:31 PM GMT
    BIG K Had a country doctor as a next door Neighbor at our summer house growing up. It was scary when we were sick some questions he asked, but I will ask them.

    Is Drainage clear? If yes not bacterial.

    Have you altered anytime new pillow sheets etc It might be an allergy. Take your pillows and put them in the dryer also try Freebze. Minimize the allergans. Go to a laundrymat you do not want the allergans to be left in your dryer or dryer filter

    Change the filters in the ducts at home spend some bucks and get the 3M allergy filters.

    If it does not go away after 7 days more likely an allergy. See a doc about it best money you will spend

    Go to the gym and if you havea steam or sauna bring Vicks with you

    Hope that helps
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    Aug 28, 2008 10:08 PM GMT
    I get sinus infections too. I figure that whether contagious or not, I should listen to my body. There's reallyno point in working out if you're not going to get the full benefits.

    I find hot tea with honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg in it helps a lot with my sinus symptoms as does my portable humidifier that I breathe into.

    Get better.