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Opinions Wanted - Exercising While Sick

Saturday, April 06, 2013

So I had something like the flu this past week. Not a full-on flu - at least I don't think - but bad enough that I felt crummy. So crummy, in fact, that I didn't feel like I could exercise. It was a struggle just to get out of bed, and for a couple of days there, I didn't even do that.

All the extra sleep did help me to start feeling better. But yesterday, I really had to force myself to lift weights. Afterwards, I felt pretty good - energized.

I wonder though... is it better to just lay around for a week, recovering from whatever illness? Or to just force yourself to exercise, even though it feels like it might kill you? Lol...

I'm not talking about trying to exercise while you're deathly ill, like with pneumonia. I mean exercising while you have, say, a cold. What do you think?

  
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JCRAFT6 4/13/2013 5:46PM

    I listened to my body for a few days and then I started out slow. i think we need to heal before we push to hard. If you push to hard it could take longer for your body to get better. So glad you are feeling better.

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KINGHAKA 4/12/2013 11:00PM

    BLOOD is our life-force. Blood carries nutrients and oxygen to our entire body. The amazing healing process of the body is encouraged by increasing blood flow. Walking is perfect. The danger of just laying around is that the blood PH level can drop significantly therefore reducing blood flow. So make sure to keep hydrated as well, although i'm sure most people understand this.

With weight training, I agree that you should listen to your body and rest until you're over it. When your mind is not fully focused you risk the danger of using improper technique thus increasing the risk of injury. Also, results from resistance training rely heavily on the amount of intensity at which you workout. During an illness your head is all clogged up and not in the zone to devote the proper attention to your training.

As well as this, your body is trying to repair it'self from the cold or flu. Resistance training causes your muscles to swell and in doing so your body repairs the muscle to become stronger and healthier. So, logically, your body doesn't really need the added stress and you will end up being ill for longer because the body is repairing it'self double time.

However, this does not stop me from testing the waters. Even during illness I go to the gym and try a couple of sets and see how I feel. If I think I feel good enough to give it everything, I will continue. If not, I will simply pack up and go home.

Anyway, I am no doctor or sports scientist, but this is how I approach it and what I feel is logical and common sense to me. I hope that helps.

Keep on the road and never stop trying. All the very best, god bless and Kia Kaha, be strong!

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JESSERMOVICK 4/9/2013 11:03AM

    People say "listen to your body" and if your body isn't a brat like mine, do so! My body likes to tell me "I Can't" all the time, if I listen to it, I would never get out of bed emoticon ! Glad you are feeling better!!

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VLINDER2014 4/9/2013 10:29AM

    Sorry I am a little late to the game.. Sorry to hear you were sick but glad your getting better. I say a little walking and listen to your body. When your so sick you can't get out of bed it will take you awhile to be your old self. At the same time doing nothing isn't good either. Even a few minutes of Dancing or just stretching and walking a ways is good.

Keep me updated. emoticon Dawn

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/9/2013 8:32AM

    Yep, listen to your body. Glad it's leaving now.

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ONEMONSTERSMOM 4/6/2013 6:45PM

    Go with what your body tells you.

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SANDICANE 4/6/2013 3:21PM

    Gee, I was sick as a dog last week too. I did a few exercises, but NO cardio! That was just tooooooooooooooo much for my poor, sick body.

Hope you feel better soon,

Sandi

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MINEA999 4/6/2013 1:54PM

    I figure listen to your body. If you're still having congestion it might be tough but if you're relatively fine and just maybe a bit lazy or week - start slow on something and build up your strength. But remember lots of liquids!


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PROUD-GRANDMA 4/6/2013 1:25PM

    Listen to your body!

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SONYALATRECE 4/6/2013 10:23AM

    I say, listen to your body.
You know better than anyone else.
If you feel exercising may boost your immune system, go for it.
If you think it'll make you feel worse, rest.



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63KEEPONGOING 4/6/2013 9:15AM

  When I am sick I don't feel like exercising, nor eating much. I would think drinking a lot of fluids and get back to the exercise as soon as you are over your cold. I am just one opinion.

Best of luck.

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JAVAJENN 4/6/2013 7:24AM

   

If you have any coughing or congestion or a fever I think you should just take it easy, girlfriend.

Your body is fighting off something so maybe it would be better to help it fight off that flu. Drink plenty of liquids and rest.

Baby yourself for a few days till you are truly better. That's my advice. emoticon

Comment edited on: 4/6/2013 7:25:05 AM

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MYBULLDOGS 4/6/2013 5:20AM

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i have not gained a pound in over a year.

i gave up sugar and grain products and lost 44 pounds at age 61.

my sister lost 105 pounds at age 63 by walking 15000 steps a day and has not gained a pound back either in over a year

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I weigh less than 300 pounds for the first time in over 20 years!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Well, the other day, when I weighed myself in the morning, the scale said 299.5. Which was shocking, as I haven't weighed less than 300 pounds since I was a sophomore in high school. When I graduated, I was over 400.

The next morning, it said 297, so I guess I officially weigh less than 300 pounds.

I'm dumbstruck. I don't know how to feel. I mean, yeah, happy, but... shocked, more than anything.

  
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KINGHAKA 4/12/2013 11:39PM

    Simply awesome and inspirating.

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IM14SIN 4/6/2013 9:57AM

  Wow! Congrats! I'm not there yet, but was close not too long ago. I will be there again and I can join in the celebration with you. :)

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AMY4593 4/5/2013 2:39PM

    Good for you :)

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CAMSEDGE 4/4/2013 9:23PM

    That is fantastic!

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VLINDER2014 4/4/2013 4:47PM

    THAT IS FANTASTIC !!! you should be so PROUD of YOU !!

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JESSERMOVICK 4/4/2013 12:31PM

    Thank you so much for your inspiration and motivation! Congrats on the weight loss!!

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KAREBEARCARES 4/3/2013 7:23PM

    Hurrah! :-D Congrats!

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JOANIEBUG46 3/25/2013 10:55PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! This is fantastic! Keep up the great work!!


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SEATTLE9 3/25/2013 8:19PM

    Congratulations! What a joy!

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FIGHTING4IT 3/25/2013 1:28AM

    That's amazing! You have come so far! Congrats!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon This is so wonderful. I know you will take a while to let it soak in. But this is a major WOO HOO!!! just know we are all celebrating with you. Hugs Pat

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WATREKKIE 3/24/2013 5:52PM

    What a WONDERFUL accomplishment, sweetie!!!!! As I've seen posted in these here parts....You ROCK, Loser!!!!

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    Did you do the happy dance? I'm doing it for you!!!
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JAOTAO 3/24/2013 1:24PM

    Take it in, feel it, celebrate it ... know that you did an amazing healthy thing for your body!! Yay!

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    emoticon that is emoticon Celebrate it and continue on.

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AWESOME!!!! :)

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    Great job sticking with your plan! Keep it up, you have proven you can do it! emoticon

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LJCANNON 3/24/2013 10:56AM

    emoticon You have worked HARD for that!! Enjoy it and Keep Working. YOU Are Worth It!!

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IYA_EKUNDAYO 3/24/2013 10:55AM

    That is awesome! I am so happy for you!
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This is when you do a crazy stupid HAPPY DANCE!!!!
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did I leave out anything? .......... ummmmmm YAY!

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LOOLLY2 3/24/2013 12:03AM

    Congrats!!! So happy you checked; you must feel on top of the world
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The heat got me today!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

So down here in Texas, it got pretty warm today. I should *not* have been out in it for three hours, in the middle of the afternoon. I was drinking water and in shade part of the time, but... well, I won't be doing that again. Lol.

Only managed to lift weights two times instead of three last week, due to getting sick for a couple of days. But, I did lift this past Sunday, and I will again tomorrow (was going to today, but you know, the dehydration), and then hopefully a third time on Saturday.

I just read up on isometric exercise. Huh. Interesting. I might incorporate some into my lifting routine. I'm going to be changing the routine a bit. I have been trying to do 3 sets of about 15 on most of the exercises. Well, I've been reading it's better to do higher weight, lower reps. So I'm going to be trying that out.

Another concern for me, however, as a diabetic, is that exercising makes me pretty sick. I mean, it lowers my blood sugar pretty severely. Again, been reading about strategies for helping that situation on various diabetes forums, and I think I've picked up some ideas that will help. So I'm excited to try those out!

I'm going to make the following changes when I exercise:

1. Eat something with some carbs in it one hour before starting
I'm low carb (like, really low carb), so I don't really want to have
to add more carbs to my diet, but then again, being sick isn't working
out, so... whatever it takes!

2. Test my blood sugar before I start, half way through, and when I'm
done.
This probably seems like a no-brainer to most people, but I'm kind of
stuuuuupid sometimes. Heh.

3. Split the workout (either lifting weights or walking) up into two
smaller workouts
So when I lift weights, it routinely takes me nearly an hour and a
half. Not because I'm doing so many exercises, but because I'm not
able to get through them quickly. I don't rest for ten minutes
between sets or anything, but still. I'm going to try doing some of
the exercises early in the day, then do the rest later in the day.

4. Take some carby food with me when exercising away from home!
Like when I go for a walk, I'm generally gone an hour or more. So I
do need to take some food. People have recommended taking glucose
tablets, or an orange, or something like that. But those are too high
carb, for me, unless it's a dire emergency. Another low-carb diabetic
suggested cashews, and I loooove me some cashews, so I'm going to try
that.

All right, so I hope everyone else was smart enough to stay out of the heat today, if it was hot where you live. =) :) ^_^

  
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CAMSEDGE 4/4/2013 9:29PM

    You do have a complex situation and I think you are handling it very intelligently. Have you ever tried Macadamia Nut butter...it has a sweetness and is low carb. You might make some nut butter crackers with low carb crackers to carry as a snack...and carefull with the heat. Once you have had an issue with heat exhaustion, stroke etc..it is more likely. Taking time to do the workout sounds very sane.

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67YKCEB 3/20/2013 8:27PM

    I was wondering why you said that you were dehydrated earlier. Now I know. And that is a bad thing for anybody. I don't have diabetes nor do I have any family members that have it, but I do know that would be hard.
Breaking up your workout will not change whether or not it will work. It's the moving that will cause you to lose weight.
Now ... more weight less reps ... or less weight more reps ..... You will get a hundred different answer to which is better. I think that lighter weight, but more reps would be better for you. Most people that do the higher weight are trying to build bulk. And I know for me I can do more reps and work out with better form and not have to rest as often when I use light weights. I still get the burn, so I know that I am working my muscles. .... and that is what really matters.

And ummmm ...... I be stupid too .... a lot. Hubby says that I'm living proof a person can live with out a brain. ... Good thing that he loves me or I might be insulted. hehehe!
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LOOKINGUP2012 3/20/2013 7:27AM

    Wow! I really admire you for thinking through the added challenge of being diabetic which can really be tough. Two people in my family are diabetic. You are brave and courageous. emoticon emoticon

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Allergies or cold?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

I think I'm coming down with something. Yesterday, I barely did anything. I was just too weak and run down.

I was supposed to lift weights, and I didn't, so I felt bad, but there was just no way. And I didn't eat enough, either. Who likes to eat when they're sick?

I'm going to try and lift weights tonight, but then again, I don't want to impede the healing process, if I am really sick. I don't know how to tell the difference between allergies and colds. My mom suggested maybe it was both! Who knows?

  
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LOOKINGUP2012 3/18/2013 10:39AM

    Could be both but it never hurts to try figuring out an allergy. I gave up wheat and am breathing better with a lot less blowing. JJ Virgin says the thing you crave the most could be the allergen.

"JJ Virgin reveals the real secret behind weight gain - food intolerance - and advocates eating plenty of anti-inflammatory, healing foods to reclaim your health and reset your metabolism, while avoiding the 7 foods that are most likely to cause food intolerance."

Hope you are feeling better soon. emoticon

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CKSCARBERRY1 3/17/2013 6:55PM

  Hope you feel better soon

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Tuckered Out!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

So I lifted weights yesterday for the first time in over a week. I only started lifting a few weeks ago, and then I overdid it and couldn't lift again for over a week. Wouldn't it be nice if recuperation went just a little bit faster?

Anyway, I'm really sore today. Tomorrow will be worse. Nothing that isn't bearable or anything, but it does slow me down a bit.

I guess I can list my routine here. Why not?

Squats ------------------ 3 sets, 15 reps, body weight only
Barbell Bench Press ----- 2 sets, 15 reps, 20 pounds; 1 set, 6 reps (trying to build up to a third full set)
Dumbbell Shoulder Press - 3 sets, 15 reps, 5 pounds (arms over the head very hard for me)
Upright Row, Barbell ---- 3 sets, 15 reps, 15 pounds
One-legged calf raises -- 3 sets each leg, 15 reps, body weight only
Crunches, legs on bench - 4 sets, 20 reps

So I'm looking to expand this somewhat. This has been my starter routine, and now, after over a month, I feel like I can add a few more things. That will be my project for this week!

  
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67YKCEB 3/14/2013 11:49AM

    I hear ya! Why can't we recoup faster! I mean we gain fast, so why does our bodies take so long to recoup? or to lose?
Sounds like a good work out!
Hope your having a great day!

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