Working out while ill.

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    Jan 03, 2016 4:10 PM GMT
    I would love to workout today but I'm a bit worried because yesterday I thought I was coming down with the flu. I had a sore throat, (still do), my temperature was rising, I had in my chest and I was cold as all get out. From 1pm till 1am when i finally fell asleep I was getting worse. Felt bad at 8:30am this morning but now I'm feeling about 70% better. I don't want to stop working out and I've actually come to enjoy it as me time. I'm not sure if I should risk it.
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    Jan 03, 2016 4:15 PM GMT
    1 PM to 1 AM is a bit weird for sleeping. Getting phlegm out is a good thing, good for your lungs.
  • badbug

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    Jan 03, 2016 4:20 PM GMT
    Yeah, chest congestion is a no no.

    A regular cold is fine for moderate exercise but lung issues pose a greater risk.


    I read this on the mayo clinic website:

    •Don't exercise if your signs and symptoms are "below the neck," such as chest congestion, hacking cough or upset stomach.
    •Don't exercise if you have a fever, fatigue or widespread muscle aches


    It also jives with other shit i read over the years in various bodybuilding mags.


    You could use this time to do some mind-body stuff. Visualization is good for establing a mind-muscle connection. If anything, it might make you feel like you are doing something.

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    Jan 03, 2016 4:23 PM GMT
    ricky1987 said1 PM to 1 AM is a bit weird for sleeping. Getting phlegm out is a good thing, good for your lungs.


    I went to sleep at 1am. My symptoms progressively got worse from 1pm to 1am.
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    Jan 03, 2016 4:24 PM GMT
    badbug said Yeah, chest congestion is a no no.

    A regular cold is fine for moderate exercise but lung issues pose a greater risk.


    I read this on the mayo clinic website:

    •Don't exercise if your signs and symptoms are "below the neck," such as chest congestion, hacking cough or upset stomach.
    •Don't exercise if you have a fever, fatigue or widespread muscle aches


    It also jives with other shit i read over the years in various bodybuilding mags.


    You could use this time to do some mind-body stuff. Visualization is good for establing a mind-muscle connection. If anything, it might make you feel like you are doing something.



    Thanks buttercup. Steam is having a sell and I bought GTA V. I guess I'll stay in bed today and play that.
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    Jan 03, 2016 5:45 PM GMT
    I always get little colds, tell myself its nothing and keep working out, then it turns into something disgusting because I overdo it. If in doubt, take a day off so you can determine how sick you are. It's better to miss 1 day for rest than to wind up with a nasty cold. Badbug's advice is spot on.
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    Jan 03, 2016 5:54 PM GMT
    Initially because you were unable to suppress the infection there was something going wrong in your life. good time to hit reset & hang back

    -hang out steam or dry sauna gives some relief for a lung infection.
    -usually some risk you will transmit the infection. Maybe a door handle on the lite rail, keyboard at work. work, school a fast food restaurant, just cant stop your life.
    -in public, at the gym, start coughing, hacking your lungs out, always sounds so nice. A nice moist uncontrolled cough. Notice how everyone starts to bail from the immediate area. as an experiment; fake a few good coughs while just ready to pass through the air port security check.
    -every sit is different; normally takes 5-8 days to get noticeable flue symptoms. Once your infected takes a few days / week to suppress the infection. any ways nothing happens same day, slower than expected.
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    Jan 03, 2016 5:55 PM GMT
    take a week off, it's no big deal (and it's usually beneficial)
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    Jan 03, 2016 6:08 PM GMT
    This thread is exactly why I don't like saunas, absolutely avoid steamrooms, avoid touching my hand to my face at the gym, and use plenty of sanitized wipes on the equipment before I use it.
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    Jan 03, 2016 6:13 PM GMT
    The best cure for the common cold from my experience is IMMEDIATELY get on the treadmill the minute you get a scratchy throat or start sniffling. Run full blast for half an hour and the symptoms are normally gone when you step off. But....if I have fever, it can make it worse.
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    Jan 03, 2016 6:24 PM GMT
    Radd saidThe best cure for the common cold from my experience is IMMEDIATELY get on the treadmill the minute you get a scratchy throat or start sniffling. Run full blast for half an hour and the symptoms are normally gone when you step off. But....if I have fever, it can make it worse.


    I do this also, whenever I have the beginning symptoms of a sickness I make sure that I swim or run. The fact that you are already active is a great boost for your immune system. In the recent years, I've gotten sick once a year only and it usually doesn't last as long as other people. I think that exercising at the onset of a sickness helps shorten it. You may feel worse the day after, but the duration is much shorter than the average person, in my experience at least.
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    Jan 03, 2016 6:37 PM GMT
    Radd saidThe best cure for the common cold from my experience is IMMEDIATELY get on the treadmill the minute you get a scratchy throat or start sniffling. Run full blast for half an hour and the symptoms are normally gone when you step off. But....if I have fever, it can make it worse.



    EDIT: On the flip side of the coin, I have found that lifting weights makes me sicker.

    I also drink tons of water and steam immediately after getting off the treadmill. Then I go find the hottest clear Thai soup I can find. If that's not available I will get a dozen raw oysters with massive amounts of horseradish, or a Japanese dish with lots of wasabi. The spiciness of these foods make your nose run like crazy and help to flush out your sinuses, plus these foods are known to kill many bacterias and germs. When I get home I do my Neti Pot as hot as I can stand it. I ad high quality sea salt, a pinch of baking soda and a drop of surgical scrub. If I don't have surgical scrub I use baby shampoo.
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    Jan 03, 2016 6:38 PM GMT
    pellaz saidInitially because you were unable to suppress the infection there was something going wrong in your life. good time to hit reset & hang back

    -hang out steam or dry sauna gives some relief for a lung infection.
    -usually some risk you will transmit the infection. Maybe a door handle on the lite rail, keyboard at work. work, school a fast food restaurant, just cant stop your life.
    -in public, at the gym, start coughing, hacking your lungs out, always sounds so nice. A nice moist uncontrolled cough. Notice how everyone starts to bail from the immediate area. as an experiment; fake a few good coughs while just ready to pass through the air port security check.
    -every sit is different; normally takes 5-8 days to get noticeable flue symptoms. Once your infected takes a few days / week to suppress the infection. any ways nothing happens same day, slower than expected.


    I guess i could rid the gym of the dreaded New Years Newbies
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    Jan 03, 2016 6:40 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidThis thread is exactly why I don't like saunas, absolutely avoid steamrooms, avoid touching my hand to my face at the gym, and use plenty of sanitized wipes on the equipment before I use it.


    I think I got it from the gym.
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    Jan 03, 2016 6:41 PM GMT
    Radd saidThe best cure for the common cold from my experience is IMMEDIATELY get on the treadmill the minute you get a scratchy throat or start sniffling. Run full blast for half an hour and the symptoms are normally gone when you step off. But....if I have fever, it can make it worse.


    This is interesting, i'll try it.
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    Jan 04, 2016 12:44 AM GMT
    pellaz saidInitially because you were unable to suppress the infection there was something going wrong in your life.


    Or he picked something from the gym. Some ward off infection better than others. Does not mean anything is "wrong" in his life.

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    Jan 04, 2016 1:06 AM GMT
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    pellaz saidInitially because you were unable to suppress the infection there was something going wrong in your life.


    Or he picked something from the gym. Some ward off infection better than others. Does not mean anything is "wrong" in his life.



    He loves to jump to odd conclusions, lol. Yeah I probably just picked up something from the gym. Happens 2-3 times a year. Normally its just a mild cold. I only became worried when I started shivering. Not shivering anymore and feeling 90% better.
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    Jan 04, 2016 2:08 AM GMT
    I had a sore throat and was mildly sick, decided to work out, and contracted a supervirus that took 2 months to go away completely and needed antibiotics. If you're at all sick, rest and take some appropriate vitamins for your illness. Trust me, it's not worth the risk.
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    Jan 05, 2016 7:04 AM GMT
    tj85016 saidtake a week off, it's no big deal (and it's usually beneficial)


    Yes, especially for the people you won't be infecting.
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    Jan 05, 2016 7:13 AM GMT
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    tj85016 saidtake a week off, it's no big deal (and it's usually beneficial)


    Yes, especially for the people you won't be infecting.


    I was going to go to the little gym in my apartment. No one really uses it.
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    Jan 05, 2016 2:17 PM GMT
    MrFuscle said
    UndercoverMan said
    tj85016 saidtake a week off, it's no big deal (and it's usually beneficial)


    Yes, especially for the people you won't be infecting.


    I was going to go to the little gym in my apartment. No one really uses it.



    If you haven't gone by now it's way too late. You have to do this the moment you feel symptoms or it can make it worse.
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    Jan 05, 2016 2:24 PM GMT
    I have been sick but yesterday it got worse. I cannot stop coughing and my chest is sore inside from repeated coughing. Trying a lot of home remedies and its not working.
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    Jan 05, 2016 4:17 PM GMT
    ricky1987 saidI have been sick but yesterday it got worse. I cannot stop coughing and my chest is sore inside from repeated coughing. Trying a lot of home remedies and its not working.


    Go see a doctor!