I recently had a cold and was told "Heads up, thumbs up. Chest down, thumbs down." Meaning go for it if you have a head cold. Take it easy if it's in your chest.
P.S. Please don't go to aquafit with a cold. No one wants to swim in your sneezes or nasal drips.
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If I have a mild to medium cold, I go ahead and work out. The only reason I wouldn't work out with a cold is if I have a fever or a severe headache. Just my thoughts on it. I would agree with Velvetmerlin that you should go by how you're feeling. If you feel too bad, don't exercise and come back the next day, or exercise lightly.
I recently read (and I may get this wrong; I can't remember where I read it from Grrr). It's ok to exercise as long as you feel up to it but if you have a head cold, it's better to rest until you feel better. Personally, my feelings have been to rest when sick but that's probably from all those years of working outside when I was sick; I was the only one working so I HAD to push through it but it's ok take time off while you are sick. I guess to basically go by how you feel; if you don't feel like it, don't. If you are up to it, then go ahead.
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If you are getting that many colds, I'd say to exercise, but don't push yourself too hard. Go for a walk; take an aquafitness class, use an exercise bike or treadmill, free weights, resistance band. When you have a cold is probably not the time to increase your exercise (# of reps or adding new exercises), but I would still exercise.
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Thank you guys, all of your advise was really helpful! I hope this cold goes away and stays away by using your tips!
hope you are feeling rested! My dr. suggested taking a long warm shower the relieve the chest and nasal irritation... such a simple idea...w/ no drugs and IT helps! this along with the rest of the ideas should help you. ENJOY THE REST, IF YOU CAN.
I always feel better when I sweat it out! I hope you feel better
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For me, I find I feel SO MUCH better after a good workout when I have a cold. Almost like I sweat out the cold, and clear my head. IN the past year when I do start to get one, I make sure to drink EmergenC once a day, workout, drink TONS of water, and if needed take a cold medicine at night. Depending on what I feel I am getting. (either sinus meds, or cough syrup) And I don't seem to get the cold as bad as everyone else does.
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Girl, you sound just like me. I was sick in December, the beginning of January and felt it come back on at the end of January. End of January I fought it off. I hit the gym and sweat it out, steamed up the bathroom, popped some pills and ate some broth-y chicken soups and was good to go in 2 days.
Don't overkill yourself at the gym, push yourself to the limit (notice if your breathing is heavier after walking/running a quarter of a mile than regularly, your limits have probably changed as your immune system is fighting off the cold). Make sure you take some vitamins to help boost your immune system. Keep in mind: your body only gets about 30% of the vitamin pills you take - they're packed so tight, your body doesn't get the full amount because your digestive system can't break them down fully before they pass through. Don't be afraid to take two to boost it up due to this.
I hope you feel better soon!
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2/16/13 9:43 A
Ugh, me too! My son just started JK this year and has been bringing home a new illness to our family almost every week. It's ridiculous how sick we've been this year, just one after another.
There's been a few time I took a day off, sometimes more depending on the severity. Just a cold, I usually still go on with my normal routine. Body aches, I rest. You just have to guage how you're feeling. Sometimes I have some of my best workouts when I have a cold. I feel... stronger? during the workout... weird. It's good for clearing out the sinuses and the lungs. Sometimes I'll just do a lighter workout or less duration and just pay close attention to my body during the workout. If it starts to get too much, I slow it down.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 2/16/2013 (09:45)
2/16/13 9:21 A
I have yet to find anyone who has spent more years recovering from infectious diseases than myself. Will spare you the details, but if a virus gets in my lungs, I am down for the better part of a year.
Here is a list from an expert on recovering from illnesses. 1) drink as much water as you can stand to drink. The list of reasons why is quite long, but it is one of the best things you can do for yourself. 2) Hydrate your sinuses with frequent hot, steamy showers and/or a humidifier. Dr. Neilmed sinus rinses available at any drugstore are also helpful 3) Treat the symptoms as recommended by your doctor and/or pharmacist. 4) As you have energy...walk. Move gently, and do not overexert yourself or it will set you back. Don't overdo it! 5) Stretch daily - several times a day if practical. 6) If you have not already done so, try Yoga - it helps to strengthen gently and also stretch 7) If you have been lifting weights, then do very, very light ones while ill. Don't overdo it! If you have not been lifting weights, then go through the motions of it without actually lifting any (example: stretch arms up overhead 20 times...)
During an illness is not a great time to go running or get into a challenging, new fitness routine. Be gentle, easy, if you are tired, get rest.
If you don't take care of yourself, you are no good to anyone else.
Get well soon!
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Light exercise is good, but nothing too strenuous. I hope you get past this soon!!!
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2/16/13 2:06 A
Since December I've been getting one cold after another. im starting to catch one again, so im having a runny nose, watery eyes and my throat is slightly bothering me. the more days go by the worse i get until i eventually start feeling better. I do exercise regularly, so is it better to exersice and sweat it out or rest when you have a cold? Or does it all just depend on the individual person?
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