Post # 1
Since Friday night, 5 days ago, I start with a feverish headache feeling and a tickle in my throat. Normally this progresses into nasal drip, plugged up nose and a general cold. But I’m stuck in the headache part now for 5 days! It doesn’t seem to be progressing into a cold or sore throat at the moment. Just this headache and my cheeks are hot all the time. My nurse sister said that usually means you have a fever but I do not. I’ve been taking 8 hour Tylenol and right around 4pm I can feel the need for more (I’m allergic to aspirin).
Generally, I don’t do any kind of working out (maybe walk my dog outside) when I’m sick or not feeling up to par. It will make a throbbing head even more throbby. Of course if it’s in the chest, then they say don’t work out at all.
I’m itching to get some exercise in. I feel like my muscles are turning into mush, but I know if I do any exertion it will make me feel worse so I’m going to just stick with a little walk with the dog tonight.
Those that do push on, how do you do it??
Post # 3
@sienna76: Depends what kind of sick. However, if at all possible I do keep working out because I always feel better after. Fact or fiction, it feels like I’m sweating toxins out.
Post # 4
@sienna76: I think it’s usually best to let your body rest, but sometimes when an illness isn’t too bad and drags on it’s probably ok to work out a little.
I’ve certainly had times when I worked out sick and it seemed to help clear things up (who knows if it really did) and other times when it DEFINETLY made things worse. Pro tip – don’t go backpacking in a natorously damp, cold, foggy location when you have a persistent cough and sore throat. That was super stupid and probably set my recovery back by a week!
If your body is craving a little exercise and you don’t feel too aweful, try something out. Stay somwhere warm and maybe do some cardio to sweat it out. I’m sure that’s not a real thing, but it feels healing.
Post # 5
@sienna76: if i’m sick above the neck, then yes. if not then, it depends.
i am a triathlete and once did a race with the stomach bug. my bike sucked but i had the fastest swim and run on that course at that time since i wanted those things to be over.
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
Really depends on how sick I feel, sometimes I try moving around doing some moves at home to gauge whether or not I’d make it at the gym. Or I will just work out at home so if I get worse I’m close to bed…LOL.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church
Depends on the kind of sick. If I have something GI, no way in hell I’m risking that. If it’s respiratory, I’ll probably suck it up.
Post # 8
@ajillity81: There’s motivation for ya!
I did not wake up with a headache today, so I’m planning on a cardio workout tonight!
Post # 9
I don’t work out when I’m feeling good, let alone sick .
Post # 10
@sienna76: I have asthma and take meds that weaken my immune system (and I work with tons of kids) so I get sick often. I dont work out for the first few days to even a week depending on how bad it is but I do notice that working out towards the end of a cold/URI can help it go away faster (for me at least.) I always take it easier than I normally would when sick because pushing it can cause make things worse.
Post # 11
If it’s in my head I do, if it’s below my neck I won’t!
But I always work out easier when I’m sick.
Post # 12
cardio helps me clear mucus (sorry if that’s gross!). I usually start working out as usual, then adjust/stop if needed. the one thing I’d never do sick is swim!
Post # 13
I’ve had bronchitus a few times now, so I can get it again very easily now. When I get sick I lay off and try to get better. That doesn’t mean I stay in bed all day. I function and do my duties, but I don’t exert myself.
Post # 14
I try to get out and walk when I’m sick but no gym. I don’t like passing the sick. I do try to get up and do at least something though. Doesn’t have to be real exertion even. Just to get moving so I don’t feel so much like a log!