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07 Dec 2004

FLUE
MAY I go to the gym even if i had flue.
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01 Jan 0001

HI Mthimbana

You should not exercise if you have flu at that time. Of course, once your body has dealt with the flu, then you can get back into exercise gradually. it's just important that you don't overstress the body with exercise on top of flu. Therefore, the most important thing is to realise that you should not rush back into exercise. You will start feeling better after having flu, but it's probably better (in my experience) to give it a few more days to rest and recover before you do start exercise again.

One way to know if you are ready to exercise again is to check your symptoms.

If you have above the neck signs, such as a runny nose, sneezing, or a sore throat, moderate exercise is generally safe as long as you do not have a fever. You can resume intense workouts as soon as symptoms disappear. If you have below the neck signs, such as extreme tiredness, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, swollen lymph glands, or a hacking cough (common to bronchitis), allow at least two weeks before returning to intense training.
Do not exercise with a fever. Fever (a body temperature above 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) signifies you are doing battle with a virus. Exercising under these conditions increases risk of dehydration, heatstroke, and even heart failure. You know you have a fever if you have alternating spells of hot and cold, and sore tender muscles. This is what I referred to as 'below the neck symptoms' earlier.

If you have cold or flu symptoms, you cannot power away your ailment through more intense workouts. In fact, you may make your illness worse. A simple sore throat, for example, could indicate an infection, and your immunity to fight it will be reduced if you continue vigorous exercise. Moderate exercise, however, is fine for mild cold symptoms (sinus etc included) as long your heart rate and body temperature do not increase excessively.
Then, once you do start training again, be alert to air-quality conditions at your training facility. During cold and flu seasons, exercise during less-crowded hours to avoid catching or transmitting viruses. Consider outdoor activities if weather conditions permit.
Making up for time missed in the gym can drain your immune system all over again. Exercise for two days at a lower intensity for each day you were sick. Give your body the time it needs to recover.
Don’t hesitate to consult with a doctor. Even if an illness is minor, check with your physician if you are seriously concerned. As always, better safe than sorry.


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