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3/6/13 5:26 P

I'm on day three of an awful case of viral bronchitis and no exercise, not that I really feel like moving anyway. Not much to to but treat symptoms and wait it out. Knocked me on my butt in October as well. :-(

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3/6/13 1:14 A

REDMOUNTAIN - It isn't so much whether you CAN do it that matters - it is whether you SHOULD! In my unqualified opinion, you should NOT be jogging while you are like that. I would even be questioning going for a walk, other than perhaps not at fast pace. You mention being fatigued easier and the coughing - both good reasons to give your body a wee bit of a break to get well.


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3/6/13 12:55 A

I have a cold right now and lots of coughing. I find I get fatigued easier. I am walking mostly for exercise with a little jogging, but if I pace myself, I can exercise.

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3/5/13 11:17 A

I had this same problem last week and decided to just rest up. No sense in running yourself down and not being able to work out for longer.

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3/4/13 6:44 P

I hope that you are listening to your SparkFriends, and that you recover very soon.
Take care,

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3/4/13 6:08 P

The standard is, any symptoms below the neck on should not work out and this includes chest congestion, with or without a fever. I hope you feel better soon.

Coach Nancy

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3/4/13 1:16 P

I agree with everyone else. Take it easy until you are better.

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3/4/13 12:40 P


If you're having difficulties breathing with your chest cold, then no you should not run. There is no point trying to exercise if you're hacking up a lung. Take it easy for a few days. You will not derail any of your long term efforts at good health or weight loss if a miss a couple of days exercise.

Part of living a healthy lifestyle is knowing when it's time to take things back a notch or two.

So, get plenty of rest and push those fluids. When you start feeling better, you can SLOWLY ease back into a routine. don't try to do too much too soon or you risk being sick for longer.

Listen to your body.


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3/4/13 10:41 A

If you have a fever, definitely not. Let your body heal and recover. If it persists, you may want to see a doctor to ensure that you don't get an upper respiratory infection!

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3/4/13 10:21 A

I woke up today feeling not so great, Slight fever chest congested. Last week I started the SP running training program for a 5k,should I do it today or hold off till I am better?

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