Post # 1
So I’m working on getting in shape (my habit is to either work out, go running, go skiing, or at least take a walk 6 days a week if I’m feeling well) and losing weight. Now I’m sick with a bad cold– I worked out for a long time on Thursday after work, woke up feeling yucky on Friday, went to work anyway, and by that evening felt like crap. Through the whole weekend I felt like crap too– the kind of sick when you’re achy and your throat is really sore and you have no energy at all. I’m taking today off from work to write my thesis proposal, and to recover some more, because I still feel ill and really tired and am probably contagious (and I work in an open office environment, so if one person comes in sick, a lot of other people catch it, yuck– that’s probably where I got this bug!).
This is the fourth day without exercising, and I’m not liking it. But I’m super tired and definitely won’t be going outside. I guess I might ride the exercise bike for 15 minutes or so later. . . . Generally I feel like getting sick is a sign that I need to rest more, so I rest a lot until I’m feeling substantially better, but I’m getting antsy, despite still feeling gross today.
What do you all do if you’re feeling sick and really tired but have been down with a cold for a few too many days to skip exercising?
Post # 3
Take the rest. If you’re super tired already, the little energy you have needs to go to your body to fight your sickness, depleting your energy further will only lengthen your sick period.
Myself, I use the rule that if it’s just a headache or sore throat, I will still exercise (though still minimally compared to normal, just enough to sweat a little), but if it’s in my chest at all or my muscles already feel achey, I rest.
Post # 4
@Creiddylad: I would rest. If it’s just an imaginary-but-really-I’m-bored headache then working out normally helps perk me up, but for genuine sickness I think it’s MUCH better to let your body recover first and then get back to it. You might just end up feeling unwell for longer if you over do it.
Post # 5
@LeBonbon: Blech, what you said is what my instinct is telling me. I probably shouldn’t try exercising today I guess, unless I feel a lot better later.
@cece_intheuk: Yes, this seems sensible. I have to wonder if I got this sick because I’d been kind of sleep-deprived earlier in the week and then worked out really hard, got up early, and went to work again. . . .
Post # 6
My exercise physiology professor in grad school said to use the “neck rule:” If it’s a head cold and not in your chest, go ahead and exercise. Moderate exercise can potentially lessen cold symptoms/duration. However, if it’s a cough, or if you are feverish/achy, then take it easy.
Personally, I don’t feel like that rule works out so well for me, at least if I run. So, if I’m sick at all, I only do light cross training. I’ve got a cold right now and it followed the exact same timing as yours. I might try to do something tomorrow.
Post # 7
I rest. Why wouldn’t you just focus energy on getting better?
I assume you’re not indulging in super calorific meals either… so it balances out. It’s 80% diet anyway.
Just make sure you get back on the wagon when you’re feeling better.
Post # 8
I’m also sick. I think it might be the begining of bronchitis and i lost my voice. I normally workout 6days a week but im going to take a rest while sick. Im training for a 10km but running with bronchitis would not be wise
Post # 9
@vermonster: I have heard the same thing about the neck rule. OP, I would rest if you are still exhausted. You will get back to exercising when you are feeling better and you will push harder when you are better than you could now.
Post # 10
I exercise if I’m sick from the throat up (sore throat, runny nose, etc), and rest if I’m sick from the throat down (breathing problems, stomach issues, etc). I would do light exercise like an endurance ride on my spinner, or just some body weight strength work like pilates or yoga.. As long as I’m moving.
Post # 11
I usually still work out if it’s just a cold, especially if I’m not running a serious temperature or anything. It might not be a super strenuous workout, but I still like to get moving. Yoga is great when you are a little under the weather. I almost always feel much better when I’m done.
Post # 12
@vermonster: I think I’ve heard that before. This one is definitely the kind of gross all-over not feeling so good cold. 😛 I’ll see how I feel tomorrow. (Darn, I wish I could go skiing– there’s finally enough snow and I’m home all day today!)
@canarydiamond: Yeah, no giant meals. I’m not super hungry anyway, so I figure as long as I’m somewhat careful and eat properly, I won’t screw up my hard-won weight loss, even if my muscles get a little sadder!
@sweetchiquita12: I agree, don’t run with bronchitis!! I find that the very worst thing for making me feel bad and remaining sick longer is exercising for too long in the cold. I don’t generally run when it’s under about 20 degrees F anyway, as it bothers my lungs. . . . .If you fear you are getting bronchitis, that might be a good time to go to the doctor, since that’s a nasty thing to get rid of on your own.
I hope all of you get well soon!
Post # 13
I would take a few days rest. It sucks not working out, but your body needs it. If you get too bored some light yoga or work with some hand weights will allow you to do something.
I recently had pertussis so I was forced to take five weeks off from running. I was so deliriously happy to be able to run again that I overdid it my first day back and had to take two days for my legs to recover. Lol.