I caught the cold, but I NEED to work out!

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    Oct 16, 2007 6:56 PM GMT
    What should I do? I got the head/throat cold that's been going around, and I haven't been to the gym in a couple days now, and I'm starting to go crazy!

    I've been working out 5 days a week and I *really* don't want to fall out of the routine again. I know that spreading germs is bad, but I'm a conscientious person when it comes to being sick. Could I at least do cardio? Or find a way to work my muscles at home? Or would that only make me more sick?

    Working out increases the immune system, but if it's working overtime to battle my cold, would hitting the gym be a detriment?

    This cold seems to last about a week or two with most people, and I don't want to be without my workouts for that long. Any advice would be appreciated!
  • GQjock

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    Oct 16, 2007 11:35 PM GMT
    Kinda conflicted on this one...
    you can really still workout as long as you don't have any kind of fever..so the experts say

    but then again I don't wanna be the guy followin' you on the lat pulldowns either
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    Oct 17, 2007 4:20 PM GMT
    Good point. I think I'm going to just stick to doing pushups, situps, squats with a heavy backpack, etc... at home until this passes over. Don't really want the stink eye from guys if I'm sneezin' up a storm in the free weights section, lol.

    What I'm wondering is what guys who work out regularly do when they get sick. Do they just take a week or two off from any sort of workout, or do they bust out some pushups before bed each night? (*shrugs*)
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    Oct 17, 2007 4:52 PM GMT
    One thing that might help is to simply start your day with a light 1.5 mile jog, then come in for some situps, pushups, abs work, and be done in a 1/2 hour and ready for breakfast. Drink lots of water and some juice during the first 90 minutes of the day. It should be a good light workout to bridge those sick days, yet not overexert your body. It'll also boost your metaabolism for the rest of the day and perhaps speed nutrients to the parts of you that are fighting the cold.

    I'm not a doctor.