Message Boards » Fitness and Exercise

TOPIC: Working out while sick

 
Ic_disabled_photos
Topic has been inactive for 30 days or more and images have been disabled.
Display All Images
March 1, 2013 4:22 AM
Whelp. I have bronchitis (or some kind of illness resulting in mucus covering my chest) and while eating isn't an issue, I really want to exercise. I want to swim, I want to lift. I've only had one form of exercise this week. I could walk and such and I will do that, but is it okay to work out while sick or is that a bad idea? Some people say it strengthens your lungs, others don't..
  15963861
March 1, 2013 4:59 AM
Bronchitis is kinda serious. You don't want to rob your body of healing energy and use it for exercise energy. The gym will be there tomorrow.
March 1, 2013 5:08 AM
My opinion is to take it easy & rest up. Your body is trying to fight the illness and you don't want anything to hinder that process.

I recently went through the same thing except my bronchitis turned into pneumonia. I didn't purposefully exercise (cardio), but anytime my heart rate went up, I coughed much more & began to feel very dizzy. I still lifted because I didn't want to lose any progress I made, but I went much easier on myself.
  24096994
March 1, 2013 5:10 AM
We're in the same boat -- I've got bronchitis too. Unfortunately its also that TOM, so I'm super hungry, and I shouldn't be exercising. I might try a light step workout with the wii fit after I get some medicine from the dr this morning. Otherwise gonna curl up with my daughter who's sick too and watch movies all day.
  27186234
March 1, 2013 5:22 AM
I had bronchitis and exercised through it. I asked my doctor and she said it was my call, that it wouldnt matter either way. For me it actually helped because it loosened up the phlegm and helped me get more of it out.
March 1, 2013 5:42 AM
Don't! The general rule is to be careful and tone it down if it's above the neck, but to NOT exercise if it's below the neck. You don't want it getting more serious, then you'll be sidelined for longer!
March 1, 2013 6:08 AM
Oh decisions, decisions. I think when I start to feel well I'll take it easy on myself.
  15963861
March 1, 2013 6:11 AM
No no no. If it's in your chest, you should not be working out. Your lungs have enough to deal with right now.
  517622
March 1, 2013 6:14 AM
QUOTE:

Don't! The general rule is to be careful and tone it down if it's above the neck, but to NOT exercise if it's below the neck. You don't want it getting more serious, then you'll be sidelined for longer!


^^^ This. Nasal congestion? Just take some sudafed, throw on a surgical mask, and power through. In the chest? STAY THE FRAK AT HOME, WE DONT WANT YOU OUTSIDE UNTIL YOURE NOT CONTAGIOUS ANYMORE, THIS IS WHY WE CANT HAVE NICE THINGS. :-)
  21117336
March 1, 2013 6:15 AM
I did a long slow walk on the treadmill when i was sick with a chest cold

and I mean slow

I did not pant or sweat, I think it was like 2.7 mph.

I did it for an hour and actually burned a couple hundred calories.

Bronchitis is atcually serious I would stay in bed until you are healed. Just watch the calories.

If you do work out while sick please wipe down your machinery really well cuz we dont want it!
:)
March 1, 2013 6:15 AM
The general rule I've always heard is that if it's in your chest, you shouldn't work out. And if it's an infection, you shouldn't work out. So if it's definitely bronchitis, I'd take a few days to rest. Your body is already working overtime to make you better - why stress it out even more? Get lost of sleep, drink lots of water, drink tea, take your vitamins, eat well and get more sleep.
  5367199
March 1, 2013 6:19 AM
You've got bronchitis?? Ain't nobody got time for that! tongue


Ya, I'd take a break from the working out. Let your body focus on the bronchitis.
March 1, 2013 6:21 AM
I opted to rest this time. It really helped speed up my recovery. BTW Good job on the weight loss!!!!
  4942418
March 1, 2013 6:22 AM
I am just finishing up an asthma flair up. I have been upset for the last two weeks because the doctor said "no exercise" plus I ended up on prednisone. She said "your body is working extra hard to breathe through the congestion (which can result in heart failure); it is also working hard to heal itself." If you monitor your blood pressure you will probably see a higher than normal reading so don't put additional pressure on your respiratory system.
  11372521
March 1, 2013 6:23 AM
I ALWAYS worked out at the onset of sickness. The boost increases your immune system. As such, the ill feeling would never progress to a real knock-down sickess. As a result, I don't get sick :)

Since you are already sick, exercise will still boost your immune system and you will feel better fast . Just don't overdo, if you feel crappy doing it, then stop, you could be too sick at this point to stress your body more. As you start to feel better, start easy then progress.

Hope you feel better :)
March 1, 2013 6:27 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Don't! The general rule is to be careful and tone it down if it's above the neck, but to NOT exercise if it's below the neck. You don't want it getting more serious, then you'll be sidelined for longer!


^^^ This. Nasal congestion? Just take some sudafed, throw on a surgical mask, and power through. In the chest? STAY THE FRAK AT HOME, WE DONT WANT YOU OUTSIDE UNTIL YOURE NOT CONTAGIOUS ANYMORE, THIS IS WHY WE CANT HAVE NICE THINGS. :-)
^^These^^

Especially cardio.
  17745469

Message Boards » Fitness and Exercise

Posts by members, moderators and admins should not be considered medical advice and no guarantee is made against accuracy.