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Being sick-what is up with my body?!-plus when to exercise

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 08, 2013 at 11:47 PM

So hi guys, basically I haven't been sick in FOREVER like, I can't remember the last time I was sick. In the past week, I've contracted two separate (or the same) illness. On Saturday, I had the stomach virus in a really really horrible form. I've been completed exhausted since then and that was almost a week ago. Two days ago, I woke up with a sore throat and have been progressively coughing and getting worse. I actually worked out yesterday because I hadn't worked out in a week and I thought it would give me more energy. Bad idea. I woke up even worse than I was the previous day. I am just so wiped out but I don't want to give up my intense exercising of HIIT and strength training 4-5 times a week. What do I do!? Should I wait it out or just keep working out? I don't want to lose all my gains and strength.

Thanks, Nikki

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on August 10, 2013
at 01:50 AM

Great answer and very well thought out and helpful!!! Thanks so much

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on August 09, 2013
at 08:42 PM

Ah - a quick addition -- consuming broths/stocks and adequate/plenty of nourishing foods in general, but especially when sick, may speed recovery and promote stable muscle growth/maintenance/training.

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at 12:37 AM

Thanks for answering, I mean, even if its been a week I shouldn't exercise? I am just so used to working out intensely 4 days a week that it feels like im slacking...

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on August 09, 2013
at 08:37 PM

As a very cursory, very quick note: It appears on first glance that you may be overtraining. 2-3 times per week is usually a minimum effective dose, and often more work is used as an ineffective means to feel as if more is being done, especially in the realm of training.


On quick scan of diet, consuming far too little fat can be problematic re: immunity and energy, as well as consuming far too little calories (which can lead to make-up with too much fructose, or processed food items.)

Re: fat loss, also very cursory note that calories in, calories out is incomplete at best, and very misleading and incorrect at worst.

More fat, of saturated variety, less frequent, more targeted training (perhaps failure sets if muscle gain is the primary goal) = more gains.


As a last cursory note -- a common misconception in training is "gym mentality" -- the misconception that training more or "toughing it out" makes one more of a "man", with more mettle.

To opt for a 1-7 day reset/rest loses very little and is far better than tweaking something.


That all aside, moderate walking with weights or moderate structural training seems overlooked and beneficial in general to vitality, and can be done by all but the debilitatingly sick, and while sick, to great benefit. (This answer is a compilation from scanning many of your previous posts.)

1f9b52f29960095986234231d91e1967

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on August 09, 2013
at 08:42 PM

Ah - a quick addition -- consuming broths/stocks and adequate/plenty of nourishing foods in general, but especially when sick, may speed recovery and promote stable muscle growth/maintenance/training.

26e0076f4bd8634d2a87ee5026cfac27

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on August 10, 2013
at 01:50 AM

Great answer and very well thought out and helpful!!! Thanks so much

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on August 09, 2013
at 06:59 AM

Everybody gets sick once in a while. Even Mark Sisson gets sick once every few years, according to him. Just rest for as long as you're feeling tired and weak and start back up slowly the following week. One or two weeks without exercise won't set you back too much strength-wise or even weight wise if you're sick.

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on August 09, 2013
at 12:03 AM

if you are too sick to work out, then don't. your body obviously doesn't want to put effort into that right now. just rest or go for a walk if you have to move around.

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on August 09, 2013
at 12:37 AM

Thanks for answering, I mean, even if its been a week I shouldn't exercise? I am just so used to working out intensely 4 days a week that it feels like im slacking...

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