How long should I wait to resume exercising after being sick with a cold?

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    Bawana  about 1 year ago by: Bawana

    Follow your heart...
    I have worked out right through being sick and felt it helped to sweat it out, but you know your body better than anyone else.
    I delivered papers for 31 years and never missed a day sick even though I was sick from time to time, I felt I had to do it anyways and it seemed to help. I called it sweating it out. I am no expert though, maybe someone else can give you better advice.

    • Jen632
      Jen632 about 1 year ago

      Thanks for your response. I just wasn't sure because I read that your immune system is working on repairing tissue after a workout and it would not have enough to also fight the cold and it could keep you sick longer. I started my workouts again today, but I took it slow and will build back up to it.

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    CharlieW77  about 1 year ago by: CharlieW77

    Depends on how you feel. If your symptoms were "above the neck," then you're pretty much in the clear. So long as you don't have a fever, you should be okay to go.

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/hea...

    • Jen632
      Jen632 about 1 year ago

      Thanks for your response. I just wasn't sure because I read that your immune system is working on repairing tissue after a workout and it would not have enough to also fight the cold and it could keep you sick longer. I started my workouts again today, but I took it slow and will build back up to it.

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    phormalitize  about 1 year ago by: phormalitize

    Sometimes when I exercise while I'm recovering from a cold or just feeling run down, I feel like it actually helps flush things out of my system and I feel better... but I don't know if that's backed up by any science. I'd say if you start your workout and feel a bit energized 10 minutes in, you're probably good - otherwise, if you're just feeling tired and awful, I'd give yourself a break. Sometimes I find the recovery-type workouts, or restorative yoga, are perfect for when I'm not feeling great or am sick.

    • Jen632
      Jen632 about 1 year ago

      Thanks for your response. I just wasn't sure because I read that your immune system is working on repairing tissue after a workout and it would not have enough to also fight the cold and it could keep you sick longer. I started my workouts again today, but I took it slow and will build back up to it.

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