To train or not to train

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    Jan 12, 2009 3:29 PM GMT
    I have the flu at the moment, and feel, not unsurprisingly, quite fluey. Is it wise to train when thus indisposed, or should one wait until fully recovered?
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    Jan 12, 2009 3:40 PM GMT
    I take it that you mean man flu

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    If you had influenza you would not be asking the question (I had flu last year. I was sweating and burning up for 36 hours. I couldn´t stand up, let alone go to the gym). If you are feeling run down, tired, cold etc then give your body a few days serious rest, but then I´d go back to the gym and work out, though don´t really push it.

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    Jan 12, 2009 3:41 PM GMT
    I've read a recent study that suggests MINOR colds don't have to interfere with training, and that the duration of the cold is unaffected one way or the other.

    Influenza isn't a common cold, however, but a potentially serious viral infection, if that's what you actually have. I'll defer to those here with professional medical training, but I would think that your body's resources need to be concentrated on fighting the flu, which will sap your strength.

    I've only had the flu in my youth (been taking flu shots for 30 years), but remember being wasted for a while afterwards. And when I had pneumonia at age 38 (and misdiagnosed for weeks by incompetent Army doctors before it was treated), I was weak as a kitten for a good 6 months following it.

    Serious diseases really tax your whole body, and the flu is one of them. I would of course see a doctor, and focus on rest and everything else you're told to do. That's the best way to quickly return to your training.
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    Jan 12, 2009 3:56 PM GMT
    What I have now probably does qualify as man flu. I'm coming out of real flu, but I'm at a stage where it's nearly gone, and I'm a bit itching to get back to the gym, but slightly worried about relapsing
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    Jan 12, 2009 4:02 PM GMT
    well only you know how you feel. When you start back, do so at half power. If you´ve been ill you will have lost weight and strength and your body will still be using its resources to get you back to normal. I have been living this for the last 6 weeks after a virus last year.

    Take it easy, but don´t get into lazy habits

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    Jan 12, 2009 7:18 PM GMT
    You know your body and how it's responding to your symptoms. Listen to it and it'll tell you what you should do. If it were me, I'd start back slowly and work my way back up to my regular routine. Getting into the gym and rigorously "tearing up your body" probably isn't the best thing right now. Slow and steady...slow and steady. If you're body can't handle it, you'll know.
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    Jan 12, 2009 7:29 PM GMT
    Stay home.
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    Jan 12, 2009 7:42 PM GMT
    Stay home why infect others.
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    Jan 12, 2009 9:57 PM GMT
    train at home