Training while sick?

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    Training while sick?

    How dangerous is it actually? My parents used to tell me that doing sports while i had a cold could cause an infection to spread to the heart muscle, which would be very dangerous. How real is that possibility? Should you really not do anything at all, or is light training ok?

    #2
    Here's an article on that very topic which hopefully answers your question.
    I myself have exercised with a cold (without fever, of course) and it really helped me and made me feel better overall.

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      #3
      Exactly what I was looking for, thank you Feeling a bit rough today, body just wants to sleep. Definitely fighting something.

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        #4
        There are A LOT of misconceptions surrounding the whole idea of exercising during illness.

        The biggest question is: what do you mean by "sick"? You could have a very minor infection that will clear on its own within a day or two without any interventions, or you could have a ruptured appendix requiring surgery and a potentially complicated hospital stay - both of those fall under the umbrella of "sick," but obviously are managed very differently.

        (1) How bothersome is it to YOU? Is this illness a minor inconvenience where you can otherwise go about your normal everyday activities, or is it really hobbling you?
        (2) Do you have a fever, or other infectious symptoms? More to the point: are you concerned you might be contagious? If so, certainly don't go to the gym; but if you have a documented fever, I'd skip the exercise. Focus on staying hydrated, keeping the fever under control, and then deciding your next course of action (see a doctor, take a full day off, whatever).
        (3) Specific to your original post: there is VERY little reason to be concerned about your cold spreading to the heart - or some other severe consequence - simply by exercising. I treat patients in the Emergency Department; I'm fairly early in my career, but I've seen three cases of myocarditis (heart infection/inflammation) in five years - all three were fairly young with no significant medical histories, but they were also febrile, ill-appearing, and with lengthy histories of intravenous drug abuse and polysubstance abuse. There are other risk factors and causes of course, but the common cold is incredibly unlikely, unless you are immunocompromised (autoimmune diseases, HIV/AIDS, cancer, etc).

        So... I'm of the opinion that exercise is perfectly acceptable with a minor illness, but if you're at all concerned or want to "play it safe" - then take a day off. If you're disciplined enough to keep one day off from becoming multiple days, then rest. Don't give it a second thought, and certainly don't beat yourself up about it.

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