Working out when having a cough

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    Dec 08, 2008 11:31 PM GMT
    hey guys,

    i am currently having a cough. it does not bother me when i am working out, but I am wondering if I should work out when I have a cough?

    What is your opinion on that?
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    Dec 09, 2008 1:50 AM GMT
    Please don't work out if that cough is the start of a cold. I would hate evryone else in the gym to get sick too.

    I'm very bad and still workout when I'm sick but I do take it outside, in consideration of others. I'm sure you have already heard that it will take longer to recover if you continue to work out.
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    Dec 09, 2008 3:20 AM GMT
    Thanks... I thought the same and have not been back to the gym, but i miss it soooooo much.

  • TexanMan82

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    Dec 09, 2008 7:19 PM GMT
    Is it just a cough, or is it a cough coupled with a fever?
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    Dec 09, 2008 8:11 PM GMT
    It is just a cough not a cold, no fever, sweating or so....
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    Dec 09, 2008 8:16 PM GMT
    Personally, it freaks me out when people are hacking away with a cough in a public place.

    It implies to me that those people value their workout, their Caffé Latte, their shit more than the health of the people around them.

    Even the way the question is framed is all about what is good for your workout.

    If your sick, stay home and take care of yourself. Don't share.
  • TexanMan82

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    Dec 09, 2008 11:29 PM GMT
    austrocanadian saidIt is just a cough not a cold, no fever, sweating or so....


    Then you aren't sick, get your ass back in the gym.


    But, be considerate of others when coughing...wipe down machines, wash your hands, cover your mouth...etc etc
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:19 AM GMT
    A pretty good rule of thumb is if you're feeling it above the neck it's ok to work out, if it's in the chest, don't. You should still go easy so you don't get sicker.

    I try to avoid public places if I think I'm getting contagious, I'll go to the grocery store because when I'm sick I crave the hell out of some orange juice. The other day I was in a meeting and this guy sounded like he was having some breathing issues along with coughing. I immediately thought "pneumonia" and I came home and drank some emergen c. haha. Freaked me out.
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    Dec 10, 2008 4:35 AM GMT
    Uhhh what kind of cough are we talking about? Are you hacking up flem or is it just a dry cough? Can you be heard from one side of the gym to the other? If you are just dropping perhaps 1 or 2 every 10 min I wouldn't worry about it. If you are coughing like you have TB then uhhh yeah stay your ass at home. If you are going to work out while you have this cough at least take a towel with you to the gym and cover your mouth with it when you cough. I can't effing stand when guys cough/ sneeze in public and make no effort to shield the rest of society. Especially at the gym! Try only coughing into one side of that towel and don't let that side make contact with all the gym equipment. I'd also use hand sanitizer but do it like you are demonstrating the safety features on an airplane. Show everybody, look assholes I'm not a total prick I am doing my best not to pass any germs. If this were Japan or Korea it would be perfectly normal for you to wear a face mask out in public. I wouldn't recommend that here in America though. We'll prob assume you have bird flu or you are a terrorist.
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    Dec 10, 2008 5:07 AM GMT
    I live in the south where we deal with allergies constantly. My cough is just a tickling in my throat. I eat cough drops all day to keep it moist and it works. No fever or congestion. Just that annoying feeling. If you don't feel weak or feverish, work out.
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    Dec 10, 2008 5:52 AM GMT

    If all you have is a cough and you feel perfectly fit to workout otherwise, go.
    You are the one paying the membership not the germaphobes. Besides, gyms are perfectly filthy whether or not you go with a cough anyway.I
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    Dec 10, 2008 5:54 AM GMT
    Sometimes, a cough can be related to allergies, and it not a communicable disease.

    If you think you have communicable disease, you have a personal responsibility to not spread it around, whatever that disease might be.

    That all being said, gyms are a cesspool of germs. I personally believe that my exposure to all that for the last 33 years, and my HRT, contribute a bunch to me hardly ever being sick.

    Being sick is a drag. Whether you have the flu, a cold, scabies, or HIV, you DO have a responsibility to others to not spread it around.