Working Out When Sick

  • Alki

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    Jan 06, 2013 2:28 PM GMT
    If I have a head cold: sore throat, stuffy nose, headache, I take some medicine and go. If I feel aches -- not work out aches, am hacking up or trying to hack up phlegm, want to just sleep, and not up to pare mentally, I stay home. How about you?
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    Jan 06, 2013 4:00 PM GMT
    if you're sick, your body need the energy to get well. any work you're doing at the gym is probably not going to make you healthier/more fit. instead, it'll be helping to make you less heathy/fit.

    stay home, get well, re-attack.

    also, you could be spreading your sickness and helping get other people less healthy and fit. that's not cool.

    rest is an integral part of fitness along with exercise and nutrition.
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 06, 2013 4:13 PM GMT
    I stay home, I don't like the idea of getting other people sick at the gym. I wish other sick people would do the same. Spreading germs is so uncool.
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    Jan 06, 2013 4:16 PM GMT
    Stay home, get plenty of rest so you can recover more quickly, but be completely resolved to jump back into your routine once you are feeling better again.
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    Jan 06, 2013 4:19 PM GMT
    No
  • Montague

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    Jan 06, 2013 4:21 PM GMT
    Go! Determine for yourself whether you are feeling well enough to exercise.
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    Jan 06, 2013 4:33 PM GMT
    Best plan is to stay at home as training weakens your immune system. Means you stay sick for longer, and you're vulnerable to further infection.

    Viral infections like influenza can also put strain on your heart, add training and you are increasing your chance of an early heart attack.
  • metatextual

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    Jan 06, 2013 4:54 PM GMT
    Anything more serious than a slight cold, I'd suggest staying home and resting.
  • HPgeek934

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    Jan 06, 2013 4:54 PM GMT
    Please do us all a favor and keep your germs at home, and do yourself a favor and give your body a chance to heal itself.
  • MidwesternKid

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    Jan 06, 2013 4:58 PM GMT
    If I am sick or getting sick I rest. I am no good to anyone if I am not 100%.
  • unicoman1

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    Jan 06, 2013 5:04 PM GMT
    I stay re-coop at home. Do your body a favor. More especially do all the other gym goers a favor as well. Hacking and snorting and wiping nose while on the weights - not a wise thing.

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    Jan 06, 2013 5:05 PM GMT
    HPgeek934 saidPlease do us all a favor and keep your germs at home, and do yourself a favor and give your body a chance to heal itself.


    This exactly. Plus the gym would expose you to more germs while having a possibly weakened immune system.
  • GWriter

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    Jan 06, 2013 6:54 PM GMT
    I was recently told that if it's above the neck (i.e. just a head cold) it's ok to work out; if it's below the neck (i.e. lungs or stomach) don't work out. But I don't agree. Like others said, you are just spreading germs, and exposing yourself to germs while your immune system is weak.
    Stay home.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 06, 2013 7:06 PM GMT
    I like getting fucked when I'm sick... if it's just a cold or something.icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 06, 2013 7:08 PM GMT
    Myol said
    HPgeek934 saidPlease do us all a favor and keep your germs at home, and do yourself a favor and give your body a chance to heal itself.


    This exactly. Plus the gym would expose you to more germs while having a possibly weakened immune system.
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    Jan 06, 2013 7:14 PM GMT
    i havent been for 6 days.. this flu kicked me right in the ass... Im going to try to go today, but not push myself. Wish me luck!!
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    Jan 06, 2013 7:39 PM GMT
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    Jan 06, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
    HPgeek934 saidPlease do us all a favor and keep your germs at home, and do yourself a favor and give your body a chance to heal itself.


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    Jan 06, 2013 7:46 PM GMT
    Unfortunately, I've put myself in the hospital more than once. Not by working out...just not staying home from work. And, I'm pretty sure I got the infection at a gym located precariously close to a UCSD teaching hospital.

    20 minutes of cardio boosts your white blood cell count.

    But, the bigger challenge is ensuring that a sinus infection doesn't transform into pneumonia. I don't think the neck-up/neck-down rule is a safe one.

    Reminds me. Need a new bottle of Purel for the car.
  • Alki

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    Jan 06, 2013 10:44 PM GMT
    OK, I get it. I'll stay home.
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    Jan 07, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
    GWriter saidI was recently told that if it's above the neck (i.e. just a head cold) it's ok to work out; if it's below the neck (i.e. lungs or stomach) don't work out. But I don't agree. Like others said, you are just spreading germs, and exposing yourself to germs while your immune system is weak.
    Stay home.


    Look, he posts in all threads on topics he's not an expert on.
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    Jan 07, 2013 3:59 AM GMT
    Well... you shouldn't go to the gym, simply to spare the people at the gym from getting sick icon_smile.gif

    However you SHOULD exercise. I'm don't feel confident enough to explain the science but,

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007165.htm

    That link should help a bit. A .gov website is usually pretty credible. I find that a good jog does clear my sinuses and headache. Remember that it does increase your body temperature and helps to circulate resources throughout your body. Contrary to what a lot of people think, people with colds/flu, if they can walk around safely, should NOT be sedentary.

    Running outside is good, maybe a light jog at a 6 MPH pace? If it's cold cover yourself.

    I'm currently waiting for someone to tell me that being exposed to the cold gives you a cold >_>
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    Jan 07, 2013 8:15 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidI like getting fucked when I'm sick... if it's just a cold or something.icon_razz.gif


    You can pass the cold germs that way. I have learned from experience. icon_cry.gif
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    Jan 07, 2013 8:25 PM GMT
    DesertBear saidIf I have a head cold: sore throat, stuffy nose, headache, I take some medicine and go. If I feel aches -- not work out aches, am hacking up or trying to hack up phlegm, want to just sleep, and not up to pare mentally, I stay home. How about you?


    Stay home. Think about others.

    Chances are you have the flu. It's been very prevalent this year. If you get the chills, it's the flu.

    Get on the couch, and enjoy it.
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    Jan 07, 2013 8:27 PM GMT
    GregJorn saidWell... you shouldn't go to the gym, simply to spare the people at the gym from getting sick icon_smile.gif

    However you SHOULD exercise. I'm don't feel confident enough to explain the science but,

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007165.htm

    That link should help a bit. A .gov website is usually pretty credible. I find that a good jog does clear my sinuses and headache. Remember that it does increase your body temperature and helps to circulate resources throughout your body. Contrary to what a lot of people think, people with colds/flu, if they can walk around safely, should NOT be sedentary.

    Running outside is good, maybe a light jog at a 6 MPH pace? If it's cold cover yourself.

    I'm currently waiting for someone to tell me that being exposed to the cold gives you a cold >_>


    There's nothing from NIH that says to exercise when you are sick. How on earth did you get it to mean that? NIH talks about exercise benefiting your immune system, and..going to the gym, and not using the anti-bacterial will actually HELP you to develop immunity from the exposure of all the crap floating around there. When you are sick, you need to help your body by NOT exercising, staying warm, and giving it calories to fight the infection.

    A fever does kill some viruses, but, exercising when your body is already stressed from being ill is just plain STUPID.

    Cold air will make your nose run, usually. Dry air will make your nose break up more, and can worsen a possible sinus infection.

    Most sinus infections are VIRAL, and not bacterial, so...it's nonsense to ask for antibiotics for them.

    If you are in the first few days of the flu, Tamifu, will help. If you have a cold, zinc will slow the virus some. Main thing, you need to stay hydrated, and warm, and eat, real calories (not just soup) so your body can fight the virus.