Working out while sick

  • mrblue

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    Oct 26, 2012 4:54 AM GMT
    Do you work out even when you're under the weather? Some say it makes them feel better. Thoughts?
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    Oct 26, 2012 5:00 AM GMT
    Try it out and see how it makes you feel. Everyone reacts differently to it.
  • maxferguson

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    Oct 26, 2012 1:46 PM GMT
    It depends on what I'm sick with. If it's just a stuffy nose and a bit of cough, I'll keep going but maybe tone down the intensity for a bit. But if it's something that's likely to worsen by prolonging treatment, or if its something that you can't just mask the symptoms of, then it's well worth staying home. You run the risk of making whatever you've got worse and then making recovering from it that much harder. Remember, recovery isn't just nutrition - it's making sure you've got enough energy to let your body's systems maintain themselves, fight infection (after accounting for energy spent working out). If you feel drained, don't go. That's a sign that you're body is drawing energy from stored fat and working harder to do what it needs to do and working out then is just working against yourself.

  • franklinstein

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    Oct 26, 2012 2:02 PM GMT
    What max said, it really depends on what you're sick with. For me a minor cold is fine, but with a fever/flu is a no. Make sure you sanitize any equipment you use!
  • monet

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    Oct 26, 2012 3:09 PM GMT
    Minor cold: work out.

    Diarrhea or vomiting: don't work out.
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    Oct 26, 2012 3:13 PM GMT
    maxferguson saidIt depends on what I'm sick with. If it's just a stuffy nose and a bit of cough, I'll keep going but maybe tone down the intensity for a bit. But if it's something that's likely to worsen by prolonging treatment, or if its something that you can't just mask the symptoms of, then it's well worth staying home. You run the risk of making whatever you've got worse and then making recovering from it that much harder. Remember, recovery isn't just nutrition - it's making sure you've got enough energy to let your body's systems maintain themselves, fight infection (after accounting for energy spent working out). If you feel drained, don't go. That's a sign that you're body is drawing energy from stored fat and working harder to do what it needs to do and working out then is just working against yourself.



    ^^^ Agreed. I'll add that I will continue to lift weights with a light cold/cough, and stay home if its anything heavier or with a fever. However, I won't do any cardio (swimming, running, rowing, etc) if i have any illness whatsoever.
  • bischero

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    Oct 26, 2012 3:22 PM GMT
    It totally depends what I'm sick with. If I've got a little cold or something - sure. If I have a fever or something else debilitating (upset bowels and or stomach), then I won't. Sometimes the immune system needs to a break. Listen to your body and give it what it needs.

    Also, if I am contagious with something then I generally won't go either. Being healthy isn't just about us, it's about ensuring a healthy environment for those around us, as well. (This is where I lead into my rant about vaccines and tell you all to get vaccinated.)
  • Pontifex

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    Oct 26, 2012 7:53 PM GMT
    I usually end up regretting it every time I do it. I usually have a bad workout and end up dead for the next few days.
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    Oct 26, 2012 8:02 PM GMT
    mrbleu saidDo you work out even when you're under the weather? Some say it makes them feel better. Thoughts?


    I'm not a physician, but my guess is that it depends on the illness. For example, I think you need drink water and rest if you're fighting a cold (or anything in the "cold" family), I think you need to drink water and rest. But some exercise would be okay if you're fighting, say, strepthroat.
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    Oct 26, 2012 8:09 PM GMT


    ...of course you could always stay home out of consideration for others. icon_wink.gif

    Here's an interesting and practical article about this:
    http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/3364/1/Should-You-Workout-If-You-Are-Sick.html