About 5 days ago, I came home from the gym and didn't feel too good. The next day I had the chills, and then for the next 2 days I've had a persistent low-grade fever and bronchial congestion. I lost 5 pounds and my strength plummeted.
Are you guys afraid of going to the gym because it's a high traffic place where people are sweating and putting their faces up against machine pads and benches or are you guys scared that the temporarily weakened immune system heavy training causes will make the flu full force where otherwise it may pass through relatively innocuously? Or both, of course.
For me it's mainly the second. Working out heavy can place too much stress on the body in the short time. But I do like to work out fairly heavy in short time (which, I think, is the worst way to work out if you don't want to get sick). One fairly easy way of taking care of that is by changing your routine during flu season by working out less and less strenuously. It doesn't have to be work out or don't work out. Might also be a good time to switch things up: maybe a p90x type body weight routine from the home? Better yet, when you think of how many quality exercises can be done, one barbell and a couple of plates is really all you need in the basement to hit everything.
Yeah, get the flu shot too, it might help.