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11/13/12 9:22 A

I would agree except that if it is a chest cold or something to do with your lungs then working out will work your lungs so pneumonia doesn't set in - works for me every time
I have worked out with a sore back, bursitis in my knee, cancer, colds, flu (not when I am upchucking though). My equipment is in my house so I don't worry about spreading germs.

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11/13/12 9:14 A

I think the rule of thumb is that you should exercise if your illness is above your neck, e.g. a head cold, and to skip it if it's below the neck, e.g. a chest cold or upset stomach. You might also want to make it an easy day. Oddly enough, I often find that a stuffy nose clears up a little if I exercise!

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11/13/12 9:12 A

This is not a yes or no question really. You need to listen to your body. If you truly don't know then get up and start walking moderately and if you can do it then continue but if you body screams then you need to give it rest.
I have worked out while sick and I have benched myself while getting well. It can be a different answer every time

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11/13/12 9:06 A

Is it a good or bad idea to exercise when you feel crummy?

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