I'm not sick (touch wood!) or anything, but haven't taken a rest day for longer than I can remember, so this has made me think that perhaps tomorrow I shall take a rest day and get back into things on Saturday, hopefully fresher and raring to go!
But I agree with all the previous comments: it's no good to try and battle through a serious illness, especially if your doctor has advised you to rest completely from your workouts. I've done it in the past and have sorely regretted my actions - a simple cold progressed to a pretty hefty throat and ear infection, resulting in a trip to the walk-in emergency medical centre to have my ears syringed, and a course of strong anti-biotics and all the side effect from those. Not nice - and not something I would wish to repeat.
Rest up, look after yourself, and your body will thank you for it in the long run.
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63 2/28/13 12:44 A
You sound like me this past weekend. I apparently turned in my sleep last week but didn't turn my hips with my torso and pulled a muscle shooting from my glute up through my lower back - when I say I was in pain, it is an understatement, I couldn't move, I was literally in tears. I missed 4 days at the gym - 4 days! I thought I was going to back at square one, starting to build my tolerance and strength back up - no such things, I was back in the gym and worked my tush off just as I did prior to my sore muscle. Have no fear, a few days won't hurt ya! :) Best of luck and feel better soon!
If it makes you feel any better, healing requires a greater amount of calories, since your body is repairing damaged cells and such. So, you are burning those calories while you relax in your snuggy blanket.
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122 2/27/13 11:05 P
I just had my wisdom teeth out and was freaking out about having to take 3 days off. Turns out, that was enough time for my muscles to do a lot of recovery and my first day back I was able to set a new PR 5k time. Take it easy with the lungs, though, since your condition will affect your breathing where mine did not. Good luck and try not to worry too much!
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36 2/27/13 6:51 P
Thank you for the responses - that really makes me feel better.
I totally miss that "high" that you get from working out.
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1,021 2/27/13 4:55 P
What happens to all of your hard work if you rest for three days? Nothing.
Seriously, nothing terrible happens. You may feel a little slower when you do start back up, but assuming you've been working out regularly for awhile, you'll be surprised at how quickly you snap back to your old self in the gym.
My doctor has said that working out - especially cardio - can drive respiratory infections deeper into your lungs (because you're breathing more deeply, I think), which is VERY dangerous when it comes to something like pneumonia. Don't mess around with this. Rest until you're medically cleared to return to your workouts. "A touch of pneumonia" can easily turn into a lengthy hospital stay if you're not careful and don't take proper care of yourself. You're far more likely to harm yourself by not letting yourself recover from this illness than by missing a week at the gym.
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9,431 2/27/13 4:54 P
Missing three days is not enough to "undo" your hard work. ;) Relax and heal... you'll be back in the groove in no time.
You will need to take it slowly when you get back to it, because your LUNGS will be at reduced capacity, not from the lack of exercise, but from t he illness. Build back up gradually.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 2/27/2013 (16:56)
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849 2/27/13 4:45 P
I am in the same boat as you. I've done it long enough that I hope there is not a negative effect, but only time will tell. Follow doctors orders so you have a quick recovery and take your time getting back into your routine. Before long, you'll be good as new!
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36 2/27/13 3:38 P
I have been sick the last 3 days with bronchitis and possibly a touch of pneumonia in my right lung. I have been resting per doctors and husband orders and I have not been working out and it is driving me absolutely crazy - I typically work out 5-6 days a week. What happens to all the hard work I've done for myself by missing 3 days does anyone know?
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