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9/26/12 8:34 A

I am rarely ever sick or have a cold. I do have asthma problems and I find if I am able, I will do movements that do not affect my breathing. Slow and steady ones.

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9/26/12 5:32 A

I agree it depends on how you feel, but I definitely won't do it if I have a fever.

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9/26/12 12:24 A

I think you should lay off the heavy workouts when you have a cold. Your body sends you signals to let you know what it needs. The trick is to listen to your body. I you are sick the body needs rest and TLC. You have your health you have your wealth.

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9/25/12 11:17 P

Rarely catch a cold. Can't remember when I last had one!

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9/25/12 10:31 P

I have a cold right now, and it will not go away. What I do is cut down on the heavy breathing excersies. Go more for flexability and toning. Somewhere in the middle I'll do high intensity exercise for ten minutes to up the heart rate then hit the steam room.

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9/25/12 9:59 P

I woke up with a bad cold this morning. I listened to my body and stayed in bed. I am NOT beating myself up for it.

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9/25/12 9:22 P


just stretches and light, easy walking
usually while watching tv

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9/25/12 9:05 P

I haven't had a cold for several yrs. but when I did, I had to go to bed as it usually turned in to pneumonia so thus I wouldn't exercise until feeling better.

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9/25/12 8:45 P

I still exercise but will probably go easy on my routine that day or days.

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9/25/12 2:26 P

Very rarely get a cold so my routine does not change
One day at a time

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9/25/12 1:29 P

It depends on the strength of the cold. I try to take care of myself, but I don't want to allow it to be an excuse not to work out.

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9/25/12 1:00 P

If I am running a fever, I don't work out. Otherwise I do something. Usually I find it makes me feel better and less congested. My doctor tells me that is because exercise produces antihistamines (but then later in the day this effect wears off).I agree with the advice that you know best what your body needs

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9/25/12 12:14 P

Sometimes depending on how I feel

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9/25/12 11:34 A

I alter my workout depending on how I feel, but always do something. You have to listen to your body.

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9/25/12 11:13 A

I get a lot of sinus/respiratory colds, where my nose gets stuffed up and I get headaches. I'll exercise with that. If I have any sort of fever, dizziness, or loss of appetite, though, I'll rest.

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9/25/12 11:06 A

I am going to try today. Woke up with a heavy sore throat that I felt all night in my sleep and was incorporated into my dreams! lol I am still planning on doing my walking routine today as so far the rest of me feels normal.

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9/25/12 10:56 A

Yes, if it is JUST a cold.

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9/25/12 10:26 A

It depends on my frame of mind. I really enjoy exercise, and if I got a cold I would be more inclined now to try to go to the gym (or do that bike ride, or the walk...or whatever I would normally be doing that day). I would feel restless if I missed some form of exercise.

Before I got into exercising, I would use the cold as an excuse not to exercise. I would probably wind up taking several days off - up to a week, and then have trouble getting back into my routine.

I agree with the posters who say we must listen to our bodies and that some times rest is what will help us heal, but I also know myself well enough to take a closer look and make sure I'm not using a cold (or a lack of sleep on some days, or a very busy schedule) as an excuse not to take the time and move my body.

I am getting better at choosing exercise! That being said, on the days when I realize I am not performing optimally, I take it easy and don't push myself. Usually I am back to normal the next day and I feel much better.

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9/25/12 9:49 A

It depends on how bad you feel. For me, if I don't need to stay in bed (meaning have really bad fever), I try to exercise without pushing it too much. After the workout I feel much better. The only problem that I usually have is that I cannot breathe well as my nose is stuffed or running, so I get out of breath quickly. That said, if I run, I go slower than the usual, but try to do the same time; if I do a different workout, I just try to do everything without pushing myself to the limit. I feel that I get better sooner when I exercise!
I hope that helps.

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9/25/12 9:22 A

Even with my asthma, I do exercise, regardless. I just do low intensity workouts. I don't want to break my routine or habits. Instead, I might choose yoga vs aerobic.

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9/25/12 9:19 A

just getting over a pretty nasty cold, and jogged for the first time last night - just kept a slow and steady pace, and had a huge pile of tissues by the end of the 5k - my nose ran like a faucet!!

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9/25/12 8:42 A

being asthmatic have to be careful

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9/25/12 8:24 A

Being an asthmatic, I am careful about what I do when I have a cold. I always check how I feel and how my lungs are doing and act accordingly.

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9/25/12 8:11 A

Low intensity, lots of water, and I stop if I feel dizzy. Usually it makes me feel better for doing something.

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9/25/12 8:07 A

I usually exercise through a cold although I may take it easier depending on how I feel. If it's really bad, I rest. You can usually tell when it is time to push through or to rest if you really pay attention to how your body feels.

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9/25/12 8:02 A

I exercise through it for as long as I can...usually not long but we get "points" for trying LOL

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9/25/12 7:44 A

I rest for the first two days, and if I still have a cold I go to the gym anyways. The last days of the cold are different than the first...

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9/25/12 7:19 A

I usually don't change my routine when I have a cold (unless it's one that puts you in the bed) because I just don't have time to stop. But I mostly still exercise, I don't walk outside but that's when I use my videos.

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9/25/12 6:57 A

To those of you who do it, I commend you, because when I am sick I can not work out.

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9/25/12 5:26 A

I agree with the others who say listen to your body. It takes a lot to knock me out of the gym, but not everybody's the same.

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9/25/12 5:24 A

The best advice has been given: listen to your body. More often than not, we ignore the body's distress signal and continue exercising because we either "believe it will make us feel better" or "view the situation as critical when we miss one day of exercise". When the resistance of a body is compromised, there is no way that sticking to the usual routine will make things any better for us. We have to do something about it and in this situation, our grandmothers were right when they declared that all we needed were: lots of rest and hot soup!!

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9/25/12 5:18 A

I think you know if you have the strength to exercise.

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9/25/12 4:18 A

Listen to your body to know the pace and when to stop.

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9/25/12 3:50 A

I developed a sore throat yesterday and today it's turning into a cold. I feel OK one minute, then the next I feel a little light headed and whoozy.

I didn't work out yesterday when I felt the sore throat coming on because I was coughing alot, but this morning I did a workout: 40 minutes cardio and and some compound strength exercises with my hand weights.

I did fairly well, but obviously didn't perform to my best.

I'm glad I made the effort though, but I won't force myself if I really can't face it.

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9/25/12 3:20 A

Yes but easier than usual

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9/25/12 1:50 A

I do even if it is just on the treadmill

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9/18/12 8:08 P

You can feel anywhere from a! to.....OMG I feel absolutely miserable!!! For me, until my recent surgery, I always did 10 minutes of SOMETHING, even if it meant crawling out of bed & walking or running in place for 10 minutes, then crawling back into bed. That's how I had more than two years straight of exercising every day, regardless. emoticon emoticon

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9/18/12 12:46 P

If you haven't eaten much in days, I wouldn't exercise. I tend to be very cautious for myself because any cold can hit my chest and become bronchitis.

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9/18/12 12:38 P

Dr Oz's experts said, if its above the neck its ok to workout, if it is below, go slow or rest.

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9/18/12 11:15 A

I try to do what feels comfortable, if my chest is congested, i don't attempt to run, but I may walk for cardio, at whatever pace feels comfortable. If I feel too sick to eat, I don't exercise, since I know my body needs fuel to burn.

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9/18/12 7:25 A

I have a cold and still did my normal 100 mins and same cals burnt

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9/18/12 7:15 A

I have a cold and still did my normal 100 mins and same cals burnt

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9/17/12 9:38 P

When I have a cold I rest and do not exercise. I know my body needs to heal and take it easy.
I drink lots of water and take vitamin c and rest. It works for me!

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9/17/12 3:16 P

Sometimes I do exercise with a cold and I feel alot better. I just take notice if I am feeling dizzy or can't breath.
Factually right now I am not exercising because I am unmotivated. boo.

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9/17/12 3:10 P

I know myself well enough that if I'm sick - rest is what I need. Even with just a head cold.

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9/17/12 12:07 P

I exercise when I have a cold. I stick to my normal routine.

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9/17/12 11:39 A

No! When I'm ill, I do not exercise. I go for a walk, ok. But I don't run.

I had a pericarditis 10 years ago caused of exercising with an cold and hell, I NEVER want this again! It knocked me out for months.

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9/17/12 11:25 A

I am having the same problem right now. I have found that if you feel well enough go do something but maybe don't push yourself as hard. If your body gets worn out it can't properly heal. I think I will go for a walk this afternoon if I am feeling all right.

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9/17/12 10:35 A

It does depend on how I feel. But I have found that if it's just a head cold, and I push myself to push play and DO a workout. I Feel SO MUCH better afterwards. LIke I actually clear up and feel good.


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9/17/12 10:15 A

When you have a cold, do you still make an attempt to exercise? If so, do you do the minimum or do you push yourself?

(I have a cold right now... I haven't exercised in a week except for a short walk over the weekend, but I also haven't felt like eating more than a few bites here and there.)

Do you slowly get yourself back to your normal routine or do you jump right back to it once you start to feel some better?

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