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MUSHCAT Posts: 4,639
10/28/12 5:49 P

I have a cold right now and am laying off the exercise because I aggravated my symptoms by exercising when I felt a little better.

SHANNAKW SparkPoints: (625)
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10/28/12 5:45 P

Thanks everyone :) I'm honestly the most stubborn, determined person I know but even I can't deny that I'm in shut-down mode. And when my husband is finally home after a 14 hour shift, I'm gonna go to BED!! Just too bad, I was really starting to see some awesome results from the shred! Thanks for your love everyone!

OICURON2 Posts: 93
10/28/12 4:49 P

Not if really down - heal first

TORONTORUNNER SparkPoints: (82)
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10/28/12 3:59 P

I think definitely listen to your body and see how you feel. :)
Maybe something less intense, or some yoga/pilates?

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
10/28/12 3:08 P

What I do... well, I just had to deal with this this past week.

Last Thursday night (many hours after my workout), I got a sore throat and felt like I was definitely in for something. Friday morning I woke up feeling like death but after a few hours I felt well enough to do my workout. Sat/Sun are rest day for me anyway and I had a full-blown cold by Friday night. Monday and Tuesday I felt too sick to workout. Wednesday I felt better even though I still had some symptoms, so I did my regular workout though a bit ligher. I felt really worn down and weak. Same on Thurs and Fri, but I got through it.

So... out of 8 days of having or recovering from a cold, I did 4 workouts, skipped 2 workouts, and had 2 scheduled rest days.

Basically I tried to work out when I felt like I could, but when I was too tired, I just rested. My workouts definitely suffered but I didn't want to lose momentum so I dragged myself off and did it anyway. I had to reduce sets, reps, and/or weight on a good proportion of the exercises.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
10/28/12 3:08 P

I am a "professional" at the subject of illness and exercise.
My husband is a pharmacist, and I am a pharmacist technician. Lots of health experience in our family.

Consider the following list of my past and present illnesses:
1989 (age 32) double pneumonia kept me down- ten months to full recovery
1996 ( age 39) contracted bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngytis, sinus infection and the flu - all at once!! It took me 24 ( 2 years!) to full recover. The bottom line was that I had a virus.
2002 (age 45) viral infection and it took 9 months to full recovery
2011 ( age 54) viral infection which took 5 months to full recovery
2012 (age 55) viral infection settled in my lungs causing a lung infection. Lately, the virus attacked my heart. It has been five months and I am a long ways from full recovery

All of that time I have been jogging since 1972, and often was jogging up to the day of the fever, and onset of illness. Outside of illness, I have kept myself in very good physical condition.

This is how you take care of yourself when ill.
1) When you are tired - rest (note: hard to do with job outside of home. Kids complicate resting) Drop out of any community organizations or volunteer anything
2) Hydrate yourself, focusing on sinuses
a) Drink as much water as you can stand to drink - water helps everything, including flushing toxins from your system
b) use an old fashioned steam with a pot of hot water and a towel- get steam in sinuses
c) Take 2-3 showers a day to get steam into your sinuses
d) Use NeilMed Sinus Rinse available at the drugstore and is inexpensive. Dr. Oz and my husband recommends it, and it helps recover from colds and the flu!

3) use over-the-counter medication as recommended by your doctor
4) Ask your local pharmacist for suggestions. They are a wealth of untapped information

When ready, and when you feel like it, gradually add gentle, moderate, easy exercise back into your program. Suggest walking at first, even if it is only 10 minutes. Then 3 x 10 minute walks. Stretch! Every day!

Pay attention to your fatigue level of your body. "Listen to your body." Gently push yourself, trying by starting walking, then gradually increasing it. If it sets you back and you are too tired, it was too much. If you feel no effect, you didn't walk enough. It might take 24 hours to figure out how much was enough walking.

Gradually get back into your own activities, start with shorter, and easier workouts and gradually work up to your normal routine.

Don't worry about losing weight,rather focus on getting well and keep gently moving. It can be as simple and easy as stretching. If you are tired enough (and I have been!) even stretching can be exhausting.

Right now, after five months of my virus, I can walk (not jog), stretch, but I can't lift weights yet. It is too much and sets me back. Instead, I go through the motions of all of the weight workout, without any weights. I can start with 1-2 pounds soon.

This is the abbreviated version. I could go on...I hope this helps!
What else do you want to know?

JJPOOH3939 Posts: 25
10/28/12 2:34 P

I exercise when Iam sick.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (195,865)
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10/28/12 2:05 P

It depends on how you feel. If you feel fatigued, blah and have a cough or sore throat, you should lay off any exercise for a few days or at least until your energy returns. When a person is fatigued, the exercise is just going to make them feel worse. Also, since you are still a walking germ factory, you don't want to go to a gym and pass along those germs. Stay home and get some rest.

Now, let's say you had a minor sniffle and had a bit of energy. Then you might take a walk. When a person has a cold, some times a walk or low intensity exercise can help them feel a bit better. However, if you're already fatigued, that's a sign your body needs to rest. Listen to our body. Skipping your routine for a couple of days will not harm your efforts at good health or weight loss.

There will be legitimate reasons you can't exercise. No one will think less of you because you can't do your normal routine. Get some rest and push those fluids. When you feel a bit of energy, take a walk. Don't over do it or you risk a lingering illness. The right amount of exercise can strengthen our immune system. Too much can break it down.

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SHANNAKW SparkPoints: (625)
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10/28/12 1:54 P

So, I've been fighting off my son's cold for a few days now, taking my vitamins and despite feeling run down, religiously doing my 30 Day Shred workout each day. Until yesterday. And I honestly don't think I can do it today either! What do you do when you're sick? Between running after 2 kids under 4, both with colds, and having my own bug I'm battling, I feel like burying myself in a warm hole somewhere with my blankie and never waking up!!!
Also, my older son has been diagnosed with strep AND mono. Poor little fart. Will pushing it get me through this? Or run me down worse? What do you guys do when you're feeling under the weather?

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