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Working out when you are feeling ill

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 24, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Just wondering if working out while fighting a cold / flu is optimal. I strive to workout 5 days a week. Walking/ jogging and weights / pilates are my main staple.

Is it better to fight through the sickness to get a workout in (not highly intense) or give your body a break??

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I don't like going more then 2 days without working out but I also know that it shouldn't last long. Thanks@

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on November 15, 2012
at 07:40 AM

As in hangover! Definitely above the neck!

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on September 25, 2012
at 03:39 PM

You're not going to get any benefit from your workout if you're sick. You'll just be taxing your immune system because it'll have to worry about fixing what's really wrong with you plus repairing the oxidative stress you did with the workout. There's nothing wrong with just taking a week and recovering, you won't lose your gains in a week, and it's better for you in the end.

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on September 24, 2012
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I stop everything anytime I'm sick (with is crazy rare with paleo now!). I want my immune system to have all the resources it can get, and working out takes energy from that. Sleep is the most important thing you can do when you're sick. Use your normal workout time and get an extra hour or two of sleep. It'll be better for you in the long run.

61ea4896b1ef898345051dcfadd70073

(193)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I don't like going more then 2 days without working out but I also know that it shouldn't last long. Thanks@

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20888)

on September 25, 2012
at 03:39 PM

You're not going to get any benefit from your workout if you're sick. You'll just be taxing your immune system because it'll have to worry about fixing what's really wrong with you plus repairing the oxidative stress you did with the workout. There's nothing wrong with just taking a week and recovering, you won't lose your gains in a week, and it's better for you in the end.

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on September 24, 2012
at 09:41 PM

The general rule of thumb is: If the sickness is above the neck, rock on. If it's in the chest, rest.

If I have a head cold or a sore throat, the first thing I am doing is going out for a run. Clears the crap right out. Cough and I'm in the gym on the bike (in case it gets bad I like to be able to just stop).

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on November 15, 2012
at 07:40 AM

As in hangover! Definitely above the neck!

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on September 25, 2012
at 03:25 AM

I would say no. Mainly because the gym is already a breeding ground for bacteria. Don't be that person hacking allover the equipment. People breathe in heavily the air around while exercising. Why be the ahole that hacks crap in the air or wipes sneeze juice on everything? Besides, rest is your best option when sick. Sleep heals so stay at home and take a break.

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on November 15, 2012
at 03:57 PM

if i have a cold/flu, there is no way i am working out. i do have a chronic illness (UC) and am flaring, but i still workout because i can breathe fine and need to build my strength so i don't waste away.

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47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on November 15, 2012
at 07:39 AM

Lowered resistance to cold/flu is a symptom of over training so if you are even thinking about working out when you are sick you are over training. Rest, recover, and when you have do your workouts with more irregularity so you're body doesn't see whats coming and is all "hell no."

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on November 14, 2012
at 09:10 PM

A lot of illnesses share one or more symptoms. It may be difficult sometimes to determine exactly what you have, but it's crucial in order to know the kind of physical activities you can do when sick.

Check your symptoms first here:

http://coldremedies.com/cold-symptoms.html hope this link helps as well!

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on September 25, 2012
at 02:52 AM

In a word, no. Rest and recuperate when you are ill.

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on September 25, 2012
at 02:26 AM

It depends on what's causing the illness. Since you already exercise 5 days a week, you've built up some good immunity that will help fight off infections. Mild exercise when you feel the symptoms coming on is also a good thing. But if you've got a full-blown flu, you should really rest, as physical exertion may do more harm than good.

http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/flu-guide/exercise-when-you-have-the-flu

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on September 24, 2012
at 10:14 PM

I think it depends on the individual. My boss says that doing light exercise (like a short jog) when he feels a cold coming on usually nips it in the bud. I find that if I try to exercise, even gently, I get hit harder. I think it's worth playing around with for yourself: try to alternate between exercising lightly or resting when you feel yourself getting sick for the next handful of times and track how long it takes to recover in each case over a number of cases.

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