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Old 09-15-08, 06:01 AM   #1
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Training while sick?

I usually cycle to work a couple of times a week but haven't been able to the past couple of weeks for a variety of reasons. Until I stopped I had regular weight loss (about a pound or half a kilo per week) but I've been stacking it on and I'm feeling out of practice.

Now I've got a cold but I want to get riding so I can continue the weight loss. I've found the 'feed a cold' principle works best for me but I don't want to wolf down the food and not eat. I can get in a couple of hours of riding in on most days when I don't cycle commute (normal commute is a little under 3 hrs per day), so while I'm feeling sick should I cycle as much as I can, not cycle, cycle a bit, or what? Any suggestions?
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Old 09-15-08, 07:54 AM   #2
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I'd suggest keeping it light, any energy your body puts into cycling is energy it's not putting into fighting off your cold.

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It depends on what you have, but I would say no. Your body is working hard to fight the infection in your system. If you do extended physical activity your body will use energy to sustain your ride instead of fighting your infection. The illness will take longer to get ride of or in some cases get worse. Take my word for it. I did this and ended up out of work for two days with a fever. Took a normal cold and made it worse. Your call, but getting better should be your goal. You can get back to losing weight and getting back in shape once your are back to 100%.
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I'm terrible about knowing my limits. I'll be trying to lift weights or do cardio even as I'm dying, but that's the obsessive mind for you. From experience I know it is better, albeit frustrating, to wait until you're feeling better before trying to get back into training. Like other members said it might extend the length of illness or make it worse, and then weight gain may become more problematic. Your body is a temple, but the temple doesn't have to be open for business 24/7. Don't just do something, sit there!!
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I happen to have a crappy head-cold right now. Itchy nose, sore throat, head wants to explode etc. It hasn't moved down into the lungs yet, so I went for a 50 mile ride this afternoon. I felt much better riding than I did before the ride, or than I do right now (about half an hour afterwards.) I'm not sure it was a great idea now, but I need to get the miles in... I wouldn't ride with a cough or a chest infection though.
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I usually cycle to work a couple of times a week but haven't been able to the past couple of weeks for a variety of reasons. Until I stopped I had regular weight loss (about a pound or half a kilo per week) but I've been stacking it on and I'm feeling out of practice.

Now I've got a cold but I want to get riding so I can continue the weight loss. I've found the 'feed a cold' principle works best for me but I don't want to wolf down the food and not eat. I can get in a couple of hours of riding in on most days when I don't cycle commute (normal commute is a little under 3 hrs per day), so while I'm feeling sick should I cycle as much as I can, not cycle, cycle a bit, or what? Any suggestions?
Very generally, if it's only in your head, you are okay to work out lightly (you don't want to impose much training stress on your system). If it's below your head or you have body aches, you really shouldn't be exercising.
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Good advice here.

I've got a stuffy head, scratchy throat, fever, feeling pooped out. I've taken it easy today, staying off the bike. I think I'll follow this plan until the weekend. Things should be better by then.
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Very generally, if it's only in your head, you are okay to work out lightly (you don't want to impose much training stress on your system). If it's below your head or you have body aches, you really shouldn't be exercising.
This has been my experience too. Fever, body pain, or intestinal issues? Stay in bed. A head cold? Go for an easy ride.
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Damn, Kush. I just got over the flu a couple weeks ago, and even looking at my bike made me tired. Which really sucked, `cause all I wanted to do was hop on and crank out a few more miles. So, I know what you're feeling. I was running a fever, and the damned thing went straight to my lungs. So, I did the smart thing and stayed off(mostly), and a week later I was good as new, better even. I think I had been pushing myself a bit too hard, and my legs(mostly my knee)needed a good rest.

I do agree with Jim and the others that if it were just a head cold, I'd keep riding, but nothing too heavy(like 50 miles). One recomendation though, drown yourself in orange juice. It always seems to work for me, that and it's yummy.
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Thanks for the advice guys, I'm pretty much over the cold now (thankfully it didn't get any worse than some headaches, runny nose and a bit of sore throat) so I'll be getting on my bike ASAP Great advice for staying in if it's gone below the neck!
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If I have a cold, I ride. For me riding has a certain antihistamine effect. Often, I feel much better whilst riding. I start feeling "poorly" right after I stop.

Now, if I have the flu - which generally means a significant fever, riding is not a good idea. In facts, if it is a bad one, standing up quickly is not a real good idea.
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That's probably the effect of your increased heart rate causing more blood to be pumped into the tissue in your sinuses and nasal passages, Pat. Basically the same thing a decongestant will do for you, except without taking medication. Light exercise WILL open up nasal passages and sinuses...has anyone else noticed this? Increase heart rate = decrease nasal stuffiness.
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I've always thought of it as increased heat that liquifies the gunk. Same effect with eating spicy food.
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