Post # 1
For those of you who are regular exercisers, what do you do when you get sick? Not violently ill, but colds/flu type sickness.
I have always been a run-through-it type of person, lightening the intensity but keeping the routine up unless I’m really, really incapable of it. I do find that getting my heart rate up clears me out and has in the past helped me get sick less / over sickness faster. I’m also a little bad about being a compulsive exerciser – remnants of disordered eating – where I basically feel really guilty and self-loathing if I don’t get my workout in every single day.
BUT this cold just keeps coming back and I’m concerned maybe I’m doing damage by wearing myself out, especially since I had a couple workouts where I failed at the whole “take it easy” thing and now it’s been a long cold AND I lost my voice. :((
Post # 3
Have you been to a doctor yet? If you have a cold that’s not going away it’s probably a bacterial infection, and not a function of working out too much. I too like to continue to exercise through a cold because I feel like I sweat out some of the sickness and get better quicker. But if you are really in pain or over exhausting yourself you shouldn’t be working out. I think it’s about time you head to the doctor to see what’s up and ask for his suggestion on whether or not you can keep working out.
Post # 4
@Moose1209: Thanks. I think I’m going to wait a couple days to talk to the doctor because it’s really only been a little over a week that I’ve been sick. I’m just usually all better in 3-4 days and just when I thought I had kicked it, it came back again. If it gets closer to 2 weeks than 1 then I definitely need to start doing that and stop looking for advice on the internet, though.
Post # 5
I’m guilty of over doing it myself. I do tend to push thru pain & go thru a lot of guilt when don’t work out.
My body lets me know when I’m overtraining by giving me a cold. If you really are working out too much without adequate rest, you will lower your resistance to infection.
I will give you good advice that I never take–rest up for a few days & see if you feel better. You won’t really lose much in just 2-3 days.
Post # 6
For me, it depends! If I am sick because I am run down and need a rest, then I rest. Sometimes though if it is just a typical cold, I try to work out through it. I like to sweat it out cause I usually do feel better after!
As for your cold, I would check things out with your doctor since it isn’t going away! You never know 🙂
Post # 7
I always rest when I get sick – even if it is just for a day or two. For me, getting a cold is a sign that I am run down and the best treatment for me usually is to stop, have a night on the couch with dinner made for me and some bad tv!
I hope you feel better soon!
Post # 8
If I have an URI (upper respiratory infection) I will NOT do any cardio, as I am convinced that it drags the infection further into the lungs. Otherwise, I play it by ear. If my body says it is too weak or weary for exercise, then I do not. If I think I can handle a bit, then I do a mellow Pilates or Yoga workout.
Post # 9
I would check it out with the doctor — you could also have allergies. I know a lot of people who don’t normally have problems have been struggling this year, and a lot of the symptoms are similar to a cold. Hope you feel better soon!
Post # 10
If I have anything that interferes with my breathing, I won’t exercise since I already have bad lungs with asthma. Most times I see how I feel, if I’m tired, then I rest.