Exercising with a cold

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    Dec 01, 2012 9:27 PM GMT
    Whenever I have a head or chest cold I often refrain from exercising to give my body a rest to fight off the cold. Someone recently told me that exercising would help not hinder .. thoughts?
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    Dec 01, 2012 11:13 PM GMT
    Listen to your body. If you're too tired or too sick then don't do it. It'll just train you to failure and make you end up with bad form.
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    Dec 01, 2012 11:29 PM GMT
    travissky699 saidWhenever I have a head or chest cold I often refrain from exercising to give my body a rest to fight off the cold.[...] .. thoughts?


    Thank you very much from all those who do not want to catch colds.
    (Last autumn I got three colds, most likely due to the gym. Since then I spray Lysol in the locker and on the bench that I put my stuff on when I get dressed before leaving. No colds since.)
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    Dec 02, 2012 2:18 AM GMT
    As much as it irks me not to be able to go to the gym, damn this cold. I would stay away and only return once your symptoms disappear.
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    Dec 02, 2012 2:21 AM GMT
    Don't go, your body is fighting it and it needs rest and lots of fluids, which you will lose sweating at the gym. Also, I once skied like a demon while having a bad cold and wound up with walking pneumonia. So it can turn into something much worse if you don't listen to your body.
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    Dec 02, 2012 2:22 AM GMT
    This gonna sound really weird. But I have found romaine lettuce to be awesome for fighting nasal and respiratory infections.
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    Dec 02, 2012 3:30 AM GMT
    I was told that when the cold is above the neck, exercise is OK, but you need to do less intensity.

    Whem the cold is below the neck, it warrants rest and recuperation.
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    Dec 02, 2012 3:30 AM GMT
    Why go to the gym and spread germs? I hate when I see people coughing and sneezing all over the equipment. If you feel like working out, go running outdoors; but perhaps your best option is to stay home and rest.
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    Dec 02, 2012 5:58 AM GMT
    Decent folks do what they can not be carriers. If you are sick stay home.

    Raising your body temperature helps to kill viruses, but, stressing your body when you are already sick provides little value.
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    Dec 02, 2012 7:27 AM GMT
    adam214 saidWhy go to the gym and spread germs? I hate when I see people coughing and sneezing all over the equipment. If you feel like working out, go running outdoors; but perhaps your best option is to stay home and rest.


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    Dec 02, 2012 11:33 AM GMT
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    adam214 saidWhy go to the gym and spread germs? I hate when I see people coughing and sneezing all over the equipment. If you feel like working out, go running outdoors; but perhaps your best option is to stay home and rest.


    This...!


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    Dec 02, 2012 12:06 PM GMT
    Ditto to all of the above....

    According to studies cited in this piece by Washington Post, exercise moderation on returning after a cold and use the "75% rule" - if you feel 75% well, workout at 75% effort.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/16/AR2009031602133.html
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    Dec 02, 2012 12:31 PM GMT
    Wow,,, Lighten up fellas, the OP didn't mention the Gym... Just exercise..

    Exercise with a common cold is ok, boosting your metabolism is good, but don't exercise to the point of exhaustion.

    Given your body is already fighting an infection, you should consider increasing your fluid intake further than you normally would, and push yourself to 80% your normal limit at most.

    Rest is extra important, so ensure you get all that you need - there is a period after strenuous exercise where the immune system becomes less effective, a window for infection - so be extra careful not to further compromise your immune system.

    No sitting around in sweaty gear that gives you a chill afterwards..icon_biggrin.gif

    All these things add up to 'too hard' in my book, if I'm sick, I tend to keep to myself, and up the vitamins and take astralagus to kick the immune system into gear.

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    Dec 02, 2012 1:25 PM GMT
    I think it's great when guys (or gals) care enough about others to show up at the gym when they're sick. Spread the love, you selfish pricks icon_evil.gif

    The person who told you that exercising while sick won't do you any harm isn't the type of guy I'd be going to for advice.
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    Dec 02, 2012 1:35 PM GMT
    Don't exercise at the gym. I hate when people go to the gym sick and they just don't care about getting other people sick!
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    Dec 02, 2012 7:11 PM GMT
    It'd help you - hinder everyone else. (In other words, the majority opinion here.)
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    Dec 03, 2012 12:30 PM GMT
    BuddyinNYC said
    travissky699 saidWhenever I have a head or chest cold I often refrain from exercising to give my body a rest to fight off the cold.[...] .. thoughts?


    Thank you very much from all those who do not want to catch colds.
    (Last autumn I got three colds, most likely due to the gym. Since then I spray Lysol in the locker and on the bench that I put my stuff on when I get dressed before leaving. No colds since.)


    That Lysol spray bottle/container probably has more germs on it than anything at the gym. Best thing to do is to wash your hands frequently and keep them away from your mouth.
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    Dec 07, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    I listen to my body. If I have enough strength, I go lift but I don't push my body too hard. Then I go to the steamroom to open up my pores, followed by a very cold shower. One thing I don't do when I'm sick, however, is to go to the gym when everyone's is there because I don't want to infect anyone, so I go at 11 PM or midnight when the gym is practically empty.