Post # 1
My friend and I are debating whether it is wise to do cardio when there are upper respiratory symptoms. I have heard you shouldn’t, that it could drag the infection deeper into the lungs. She says that’s not true. What do you think?
Post # 3
@trueblue14: I did cardio when I was sick this last time, every day. It made me feel better… I totally got that runners high.
Post # 4
I just had a tiny little thing of a cold once, thought I could power through it and it would only help boost my immune system by getting my blood to pump harder to kill the infection.
As soon as I got back I felt a bit worse and the next day I felt like I’d been hit by a truck and was down for the count for a week.
Was it really caused by the walk? Maybe, maybe not, maybe it was waiting to get worse anyway. But I wouldn’t risk it, myself, anyway.
Post # 5
@trueblue14: Why would it drag it deeper? you have to breathe anyway so just by doing cardio its not going to “drag it deeper”
As long as you feel up for it, it should be fine. You dont want to go all out and make yourself so tired that your body cant fight the infection (that is the only real danger), but exercise can also boost your systems.
Post # 6
@trueblue14: I have always been under the impression that the best way to get over being sick is to ‘work it out’
I run when I’m not feeling well and it helps me a lot
Post # 7
@trueblue14: I work out when I have a cold but If a fever is present, I’m on the couch 🙂 I had the flu this past week and decided to take this week off and start up on Monday. Would it be so bad if you just let your body rest? Our bodies need rest to heal. Take it easy until you feel like yourself again, you’ll know when your ready to jump back in.
Post # 8
When you have a cold, or any illness, your body needs as much energy as possible to help fight it off! So I would say, first get better, then cardio it up 🙂
Post # 9
If it’s a simple cold, light cardio should be fine (like walking).
But if you have a fever, raising your core temperature could be dangerous.
Post # 10
If you are running a fever or having chills, body aches, feeling weak…then I would say rest. But a regular head cold with cough and runny nose…I think light cardio would be fine.
Post # 11
@trueblue14: I always heard that it depends on the type of cold you have. That you can still do cardio with a head cold but should skip it if its a chest cold.
Post # 12
@hma812: That’s what I heard too.
Post # 13
I guess it depends on how well you feel. When I’m sick, I usually want to crawl under the covers and die. I can’t imagine wanting to go out for a run. If you’re feeling up to it, maybe go for a walk, but don’t push yourself too hard. All that energy you’re devoting to working out could be used to fight the infection.
Post # 14
If it’s just a head cold, and you can actually LIFT your head (I get BAD colds sometimes and sitting upright let alone working out can be impossible) push through, it can even help! If it’s at all a chest cold, you shouldn’t do cardio.
Post # 15
good rule- as long as your symptoms are above the neck you are good to continue to workout….
Post # 16
I asked because I am coughing and spitting up mucus. I am sticking with Pilates until I kick this congestion in my chest!