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Working out while sick with flu/cold?

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning' started by JesseCuster, Dec 10, 2004.

  1. JesseCuster

    JesseCuster Army Dude Millennium Member

    Dec 30, 1999
    Well the threat of sickness that I felt tickling my throat last night has emerged with a vengeance today. I not feel good.

    Anyone still work out while sick? Is it a bad idea because it exhausts your body, or a good idea to just stick with your routine?

    Achoo. Thank you.
  2. California Jack

    California Jack Millennium Member

    Aug 2, 1999
    My take on this is not based on any scientific fact or medical information. it is only what I do, it seems to work for me. If I'm am getting close to a scheduled break, I take a week off when I'm sick. If I'm in the middle or beginning of a cycle I won't do my usual workout. I'll pick one big compound lift like deadlift, squat, or clean and press and work up to a max single. Something like this using DLs as an example; 135x5, 225x4, 315x3, 365x2, 395x2, 415x1, 435x1, 455x1. That's it. My entire workout while sick. Gets some work in and doesn't completely tax me.

    Good luck and get well soon,

  3. Alchemy

    Alchemy Senior Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    It's getting to be that time of year when colds & the flu
    hit us. If you think that you are coming down with
    something, common sense dictates that you should hold off
    on strenuous exercise. Your body is taxed enough just
    fighting off the bug or virus w/o you stressing it
    further. All that your going to do is increase the length
    of time that it takes to heal. It just seems like
    common sense too me.
  4. California Jack

    California Jack Millennium Member

    Aug 2, 1999
    Healing and getting stronger are 2 different things. Getting stronger is manly.
  5. JesseCuster

    JesseCuster Army Dude Millennium Member

    Dec 30, 1999
    I decided not to work out. So far one workout missed and today is rest day anyway. I don't think I'd do any good to my body either way if I worked out.

    Bah. I habe habbing a cowd. :(
  6. BigBadBear


    Nov 8, 2004
    I NEVER work out while ill. Of course I don't work out when I feel well either.
  7. BCR

    BCR BIGASS!!!!

    Dec 8, 2002
    New Hampshire
    If it's just a slight cold setting in I still do a regular work out. I feel better afterwards since I get my blood flowing and it seems to help with congestion.

    If a real cold has set in(sneezing, coughing, congestion and sore throat) I do things similar to Cali Jack. Get in the gym and bust out a few good sets, but with higher reps than him, and go home. Don't want to overdo it, but don't want to be a lazy slug.

    If I'm puking my brains out, have body aches and chills, and liquid is spraying out of my azz, I stay home and watch Payback or Heat.
  8. testosterone


    Aug 26, 2003
    las vegas
    if i feel good enough to go to work then i feel good enough to train. if my illness is such that i cant get out of bed then its no gym for me
  9. SouthernGal

    SouthernGal What's Up Dox?

    Jun 18, 2004
    NW MS
    I was sick the week before Thanksgiving with what I thought was pluracy. It hurt so badly to breathe at all I just couldn't exercise at all. I can't imagine trying to run and get any air in my lungs without collapsing. By day 2 someone had to come over to the house and help me out of bed to go to the doctor.
  10. commander


    Jul 19, 2000
    Ca., USA
    I think it's a good idea to take a little time off when you're sick. If you push yourself too hard, you can prolong your illness. Your body needs to use it's resources to fight off the bug. Let it do it's job so you can get back on your workout regimen sooner.
  11. California Jack

    California Jack Millennium Member

    Aug 2, 1999
    To those of you that say exercise will prolong sickness, please let me ask; Is there any evidence that moderate exercise will prolong the illness? Or are you making unsubstantiated claims?

    BTW, I not promoting marathon running while sick. But I don't think that 18 reps of Deadlifting are gonna put you on your deathbed. Of course, this is my unsupported theory.

  12. Finch


    Oct 14, 2004
    Las Vegas
    I find that when I workout when I am ill, I recover from my illness sooner. Now this is unsubstantiated and I'm don't fall ill that often, so the control groups are rather small. It would take a lot to keep me from the gym....
  13. ewert

    ewert Glockin' Winger

    I nob whab you mead. ;f
    Take your Vitamin C (maybe even 1000mg) and rest up.

    Do like mom always did...a little chicken soup and watch cartoons in your room on the black and white tv until you feel better!
  14. WTSGalco


    Jun 27, 2003
    Stafford, Virginia
    I agree. I'm suffering with a minor cold right now & a reduced work out really seems to help.
  15. Deuce_27


    Mar 28, 2004
    Combat conditioning with a cold is fine.

    Matt Furey rules.
  16. I personally try to stay active.

    I've read little tidbits here and there that said that it is good to stay active when you are sick.

    I work out as long and heavily as I am comfortable. If I am just starting to get sick, I stick to my usual routine.

    If I already am sick, usually my energy is a bit low, and I don't push myself too much; don't want to exhaust myself.

    And on those real sick days when I'm really feeling crappy, I will stay away from the gym and give my body a rest.

    Basically, just do what you feel comfortable with.

    Going to the gym always makes me feel good, so I do it. :)
  17. Cinic

    Cinic Spongy Member

    Nov 17, 2001
    Tempe, AZ
    Does anyone ever feel guilty about bringing your germs to the gym with you when you're sick? I know it's no different than some jacko riding the bus or coming to work while ill. But quite honestly, I'd rather not have my co-workers in the office if they're sick.
  18. California Jack

    California Jack Millennium Member

    Aug 2, 1999
    I work out in my garage. Neither the F150 or the Volvo have caught anything from me yet.
  19. modgun

    modgun CLM

    Nov 15, 2003
    Where you live

  20. Not really.

    If everyone stayed home when they were sick, even if they were definitely well enough to get out and function, I don't see how our economy could survive.

    I think that one of the perils of using a public gym is knowing that you'll be exposed to all sorts of germs and crap, so beware and wash your hands when you are done!