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Exercise when you are sick?

I'm looking through the web trying to figure this one out. If you have no fever or a very slight fever and suspect a mild upper respiratory infection (like a common cold), is it ok to work out?

Sat. Nov 11, 6:59pm

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NOT a good idea!

You shouldn't work out while you are sick because it puts extra stress on your body.

Although it really sucks, take the day off and let your body rest and get well before working out again, or you may prolong your illness!

For me, I find that taking echinecea right when I start feeling sick seems to help--that as welll as drinking lots of water and orange juice (for the vitamin C).

Of course, I'm not a doctor, but maybe this will help!

Saturday, November 11, 2006, 7:31 PM

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yes make sure to consult your doctor. Or Google- which is just as likely to be accurate!!!

Saturday, November 11, 2006, 7:38 PM

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No, it's not okay to work out. Exercise will push the infection or virus through your system faster than your body is meant to handle it - you will end up way sicker. Think dehydration, convulsions, vomiting, messing your pants, fainting, etc.

Saturday, November 11, 2006, 8:56 PM

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I had a friend who had a cold, took an aerobics class, and ended up in hospital on a drip. Viruses tend to dehydrate you, and add that to exercise, and you could end up very sick.

Saturday, November 11, 2006, 9:40 PM

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I've heard that it is ok to work out if your cold is just a head cold, not to work out if it is a lower respiratory infection, like bronchitis. Having said that, I mainly agree with the other posters. When you are sick, take that time to be good to yourself. REST. And besides, no one at the gym wants what you have.

Saturday, November 11, 2006, 10:14 PM

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