Overtraining and immune systems

  • mcwclewis

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    Jan 07, 2008 9:06 PM GMT
    So I worked out for about 3 times longer than usual the other day. It turned out to be nearly 3 hours, which Im now wondering how I even did it. I just got a new weight bench and was a little overexcited about it. So anyways, I started feeling aweful when I was done, I had to work that night too. I now have one of the worst chest colds I've had in years. Im just curious as to if this was because I overdid my workout or if was just convieniently timed.

    I guess my main question is, should I continue to workout once I start feeling good enough to, or should I wait until Im completely better?

    This is a question someone asked to mens health but their only response was that its inconsiderate to go to the gym because you get other people sick. I have a home gym so I wont be getting anyone else sick, im just wondering if its going to slow down my recovery.
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    Jan 08, 2008 2:34 AM GMT
    Wait until you are better. You only short change yourself and your workout won't be worth your time. Bodybuilding does put stress on the entire body including the immune system. Thats why it is so important to not over train and give your body a chance to recover.

    Remember the bodybuilding process

    Workout hard enough to create a state of hypertrophy
    Feed yourself properly
    Rest and rebuild

    If you do it right you'll always grow.
    Great workouts
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    Jan 08, 2008 6:41 AM GMT

    It's probably a little of both. Overtraining CAN put a load on your system, enough to weaken you slightly against an infection you might otherwise throw off.


    One workout of 3 hours is really not enough to induce systemic overtraining. The way that usually happens is with too strenuous a lifting/exercise program that extends for several weeks to several months.

    Other signs of overtraining are:

    1) sleeplessness or less restful sleep
    2) no enthusiasm for training - or avoidance of training
    3) loss of appetite
    4) loss of strength and/or muscle tone
    5) depression or moodiness

    Usually your friends will notice it in you before you notice it in yourself - at least, in my experience.

  • mcwclewis

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    Jan 10, 2008 12:26 AM GMT
    Thanks for the responses