Exercising while sick?
I have no idea why but I've been getting a cold about once every month this winter and its really starting to eat into my exercising routine. Does anyone workout while they have a cold (no fever/chills)? Do you just tone it back a bit?
Yeah I always try and at least do some !
If it feels good, do it. If you have to go lighter on the weights or run slower or walk, that's fine. Keep a good balance with what you want to do and how much the body needs rest. You'll be fighting that cold forever if you don't give your body time to recover. That said, I feel like exercise helps me get over the symptoms of "that time of the month" or a cold much faster. Cheers!
I nearly always start warming up. I promise myself I'll just give it a shot and see how it feels and stop if I need to.
9 times out of 10, by the time I'm up to work weights, I've realized that I still have my strength, even if I have a symptom or two that makes life unpleasant.
Then, every once in a real great while, I don't even get halfway through my warmups and it feels like I'm pushing a 1RM. That means all the juice is being diverted to fighting off whatever, so I trade the barbell for some soup.
The Champagne of Beards
Sounds legit to me. Pretty much how I look at it. I've been very fortunate to not even have as much as a sniffle for quite a while though.
Originally Posted by RichMahogany
Luck you. This is the first winter I've ever been sick so frequently. I'm seriously on cold number 5 in the past 6 months! I've been told it could be the stress that comes along with being a 3rd year law student..
Originally Posted by Neckhammer
Ayup. That'll definitely do 'er.
Originally Posted by aknomad
Funny you mention this, as I was recovering from a mild fever and bout of gut issues and got back into the gym yesterday. Took it very light and worked for reps as I knew I was in no state to go all out. I feel miles better for it today and the initial adrenaline perk and the post workout endorphin high rocked the Casbah I also made sure I got plenty of sleep and bone broth.
Rich's "sounding" technique is a good one. It goes in degrees of course, depending on how messed up you are. I knew getting under really heavy iron wasn't going to happen, but that I was capable of some movement and tension, so I got in what I could. You know your body best, so use common sense, but don't treat yourself as if you're made of glass or believe that any kind of activity while sick is going to be detrimental. If it's early enough in the stage of the infection, raising your core temperature, pumping your circulation and spiking your adrenals and other hormones may even promote a beneficial response and speed up recovery.
What's happening is there is someone in your classes who has little kids in daycare. The kids pass it around, the parents catch it, and soldier on, passing it to everybody they know.
Originally Posted by aknomad
You don't catch colds you're not exposed to.
Bam! I almost missed the Simpsons quote there.
Originally Posted by edennperez1
Does this mean I get to snap your undies now?
You also don't catch colds that your immune system is strong enough to fight off. Ask all those kids teachers. More exposure is a good thing.
Originally Posted by eKatherine