Am I being a baby?

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    Jun 21, 2010 10:50 PM GMT
    When your sick do you still work out or are you a big baby and etc?

    I have been told by so many doctors that my threshold for pain is unusually high, but for 3 days now I have suffered some sort of infection or allergic reaction that has caused my lower nose and my whole upper lip to swell beyond belief.

    I went to the Dr. Hes not sure if I got bit or something the other day or not. I know I was doing alot of yard work so it is possible that I did.

    But it is so swollen and hurts so bad that I can't hardly eat and it hurts so bad at times water just runs from my eyes and etc. It feels slightly better today and I am going to attempt to go back to work tonight.

    I feel like a huge big ole baby though. I haven't worked out or anything in 3 days, just resting and etc. Here it is with 90 degree weather outside and I am stuck inside once again, it seems like its always something!

    I think of guys working out even when they have broken limbs and after operations and etc and just wonder if I am being a baby or what?
  • tazzari

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    Jun 21, 2010 10:56 PM GMT
    The "big baby" syndrome is stupid. If you're injured or sick, rest. It's that simple.

    The handbook of the Swedish Ski Team - one of the best in the world - used to say that you should rest until three days after the last symptom disappears. This is from and for some of the best endurance athlete in the world.

    There are some kinds of injuries you can train "around": if the legs are bad, you can do upper body work, etc.

    But if you don't know what's wrong, DON'T TRAIN until you know what it is, or it's over.

    Training when sick can set you back by months, and in some cases can even be life-threatening.

    We're all ambitious and want to train. But the pro and the serious athlete know that taking care of themselves is the key to performance. If you want to be a champion, treat yourself like one: rest.





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    Jun 21, 2010 10:58 PM GMT
    Im never sick but sometimes I just lose my motivation to workout and get lazy. No I wouldn't call you a baby for that
  • calibro

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    Jun 22, 2010 12:22 AM GMT
    if you're sick or injured then don't work out. your body needs to rest to recover and you're likely to injure yourself way more.
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    Jun 22, 2010 12:26 AM GMT
    If you continue to push when sick, all it does is take longer for your body to recoup, and you'll end up with more losses than gains.
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    Jun 22, 2010 12:41 AM GMT
    More importantly, if you're sick, working out is just inconsiderate--you're spreading your germs to all the non-infected people in the gym. Stay home.
  • Buddha

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    Jun 22, 2010 12:55 AM GMT
    I think it depends; if you have an infection, you'll be better off resting. Else it might get worse and you'll have more days you'll be incapable of training on. So just measuring, skipping one day to rest or having to skip several other days because you couldn't rest: skipping one day seems to win the case.

    On the other hand, althought you usually can't know for sure unless you're a doctor, if it's a simple cold that's due to... cold... rather than an infection I've heard it's okay to work out, but perhaps a little easier on the weights than usual.
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    Jun 25, 2010 7:32 PM GMT
    man up, eat, eat, train.

    No.. that´s crap-

    Do what Tazz says. Overtraining and training when you are sick or badly injured sets you back a LOT.
  • Geoedward

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    Jun 25, 2010 7:45 PM GMT
    You are not being a baby. You need to take care of yourself!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Jun 25, 2010 7:58 PM GMT
    Pfft, you're a baby for allowing the incubation of microorganisms in your system and standing idly by while your immune system released an inflammatory response to combat them. Real men have control over the micro-biotic processes within their organism.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jun 25, 2010 7:58 PM GMT
    If you read about someone working out when they have a broken limb, there are really two reasonable responses:

    1) They are working out a different limb. Sure, they have one leg in a cast, but they can do leg curls with the other leg if the machine faces the right way. Or they can do bench presses. This is sane.

    2) They are working out that limb, and thus, are morons.

    Whether or not you should even consider working out when you're sick depends on what sort of sick it is. If you've got a cold, suck it up, but for goodness' sake use some hand sanitizer if you're working out at a gym instead of at home. If you've got mono, go home and sleep. In your particular case, with a bad infection/allergic reaction with enough swelling that you basically can't eat, I'd say avoid anything strenuous; you want to be able to fight this off, not overtax your system.
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    Jun 25, 2010 8:00 PM GMT
    tazzari saidThe "big baby" syndrome is stupid. If you're injured or sick, rest. It's that simple.

    Concur. A friend of ours is currently fighting a staph infection he thinks he got at his gym, and he's taken time off from his routine there until it heals.

    He developed a cyst on his elbow the size of a golf ball, and he's still having it drained every other day, after 2 weeks and continuous antibiotics. We had dinner with him this weekend and his elbow remains all wrapped up, the lump clearly visible.

    Your first priority is controlling this apparent infection, lest it get worse & spread. Subjective terms like "baby" should form no part of your thinking.

    Baby might apply if this was a matter of simply being lazy and not making a good effort. As already noted here, when it's a medical issue, you run the risk of delaying your healing if you don't take some time off, and of causing counterproductive effects that will set you back. Plus you might spread your infection to others.

    BTW, one time in my 20s my nose suddenly swelled up like a balloon, got all red and I looked like WC Fields after a drunk. I couldn't even touch the damn thing, it was so painful.

    Then all this pus started draining out of one nostril. I thought at first it was ordinary mucous, just my nose running, but then I realized it was only on one side. Instead I had some kind of infected cyst inside my nose, that finally burst on its own. It drained for days, but finally cleared.

    I was an Army Lieutenant, and never saw a doctor for it, because you avoided "sick call" unless you'd lost an arm or a leg, or something equally serious. We had that "baby" attitude, too, and it was stupid. Don't YOU be stupid, OK?
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    Jun 25, 2010 8:02 PM GMT
    Stay home, if not for yourself then for other gym goers since you said it could be an infection. If there is even the remote chance you could infect someone else, stay home!
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    Jun 27, 2010 2:23 PM GMT
    Let's see, rest for a few days and be set back a little or keep going and be put up for weeks with a worsening illness or exercise related injury. Easy choice. Rest when you're sick!
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    Jun 27, 2010 2:36 PM GMT
    Sick or not, you wouldn't find me in the gym with a nose/upper lip swollen beyond belief! icon_biggrin.gif I guess that makes me vain, but who cares. And no, you're not a baby. Taking 3 days off the gym isn't a bad thing. Even if you aren't sick, it's good to take time off the gym on occasion, to let your body totally recover and to help break through plateaus...
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    Jun 27, 2010 2:42 PM GMT
    Sometimes its best to let your body take over your mind. Let it rest a bit, 3 days isn't that bad.
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    Jun 27, 2010 2:50 PM GMT
    It's what sick leave is for. I work with a few people who refuse to call in sick, and will come in on their death bed, spreading whatever germs they have to everyone else.

    I don't want to catch your shit, stay home!