Working Out While Sick

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    Oct 09, 2012 3:05 PM GMT
    I had a phy ed teacher say "if you work out while you have a cold, it will last two weeks...if you don't, it will last fourteen days..." (In other words, it doesn't make a difference whether you work out while you're sick or not.)

    Which got me thinking, I was knocked on my ass for two days at the end of a bad cold and I missed three days at the gym. I didn't have enough energy to get there, let alone, lift. Any thoughts on working out while sick? The obvious included, like grimey germ grossness left behind on the weights, coughing, etc...push through it? Don't? Rest? Not?
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    Oct 09, 2012 4:03 PM GMT
    Rest. Eat well. You can miss a week and snap right back into it at the gym
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    Oct 09, 2012 4:07 PM GMT
    Caslon21000 saidRest. Eat well. You can miss a week and snap right back into it at the gym


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    Oct 09, 2012 4:07 PM GMT
    Fratlvr saidI had a phy ed teacher say "if you work out while you have a cold, it will last two weeks...if you don't, it will last fourteen days..." (In other words, it doesn't make a difference whether you work out while you're sick or not.)

    Which got me thinking, I was knocked on my ass for two days at the end of a bad cold and I missed three days at the gym. I didn't have enough energy to get there, let alone, lift. Any thoughts on working out while sick? The obvious included, like grimey germ grossness left behind on the weights, coughing, etc...push through it? Don't? Rest? Not?


    I've done it each of the last four days. Oddly enough, each one of my workouts were pretty awesome. I stayed pretty low the rest of the day, by design. If you have the energy, go. Take it easy, don't overdo, and rest a ton afterwards. If you don't have the energy, stay away at all costs.
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    Oct 09, 2012 4:08 PM GMT
    Even when you work out, your body needs to rest... so being sick you need to probably lay off the gym, and sharing your germs, until you're healthy enough get back to it without spreading your sickness.
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    Oct 09, 2012 4:11 PM GMT
    While your sick your body is actually burning more calories than you realize, so for this particular reason its not a good idea. Its also not a good idea since you are working your body and trying to surpass your limits while working out...if your not at your best health wise it can actually be dangerous. You can potentially pass out, vomit (the body's way of telling you your in danger), vertigo, or become fatigued.

    While sick just rest and take it easy.
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    Oct 09, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    If you wanna workout while you're sick, go for a long walk.

    Anything more strenuous will only make you feel even more like shit.
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    Oct 09, 2012 4:25 PM GMT
    Stay home. I don't need your cold and flu germs all over the gym equipment.
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    Oct 09, 2012 6:20 PM GMT
    medfordguy saidStay home. I don't need your cold and flu germs all over the gym equipment.


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    Oct 09, 2012 6:25 PM GMT
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    medfordguy saidStay home. I don't need your cold and flu germs all over the gym equipment.


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    FTW. /endthread
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    Oct 09, 2012 6:36 PM GMT
    For the love of god REST.

    Don't be spreadin' your cold around for the whole gym to catch. Plus working out while sick would suck!
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    Oct 09, 2012 6:41 PM GMT
    Do some stretches AT HOME.
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    Oct 09, 2012 6:55 PM GMT
    You know, when your body is sick, it needs to rest in order for it to work properly to get rid of all the bad stuff that is making your body sick..

    When you're sick in general, you tend to feel sluggish and all that.. Even if you were able to go to the gym while you were sick, you wouldn't be able to use all your strength anyways..
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    Oct 09, 2012 7:08 PM GMT
    If it's above the neck, you're good. Meaning sinuses or congestion, or a minor sore throat.

    You're not supposed to if symptoms are below the neck... meaning body aches/fever, chest congestion, upset stomach, etc.
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    Oct 09, 2012 7:26 PM GMT
    I defer to not going for the sake of not spreading germs...I'm a germ freak that way myself haha...so for those of you who are on the side of "dont spread the germs" - I'm with you.

    I was mostly curious to see if there was unanimity about where the line is drawn for being a pussy or not.
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    Oct 09, 2012 8:49 PM GMT
    I will almost always workout when I'm sick. I usually have a pretty good workout, but I'm careful not to overdo it. I usually do a little less cardio on those days.
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    Oct 09, 2012 9:12 PM GMT
    i say it depends on how sick you are feeling. if you were as sick as you say you were than going to the gym was not a good idea. i workout when i am sick but if it is not anything serious than i will workout
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    Oct 09, 2012 9:27 PM GMT
    Depends how I feel. Usually I do a lighter workout to make me feel better. So slight colds or sinus issues do not stop me. Everything stronger and I gladly rest until I feel better.