Hey, you fitness gurus, are you supposed to exercise when you are sick or not?

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I’m getting over ‘flu. Starting to feel better….still have sore throat and congestion. Am I ready to recommence walking?

I seem to tend to relapse easily when I start exercising again, but I’m wondering if that is actually likely or not? Like, is there any actual research on this sort of thing? Perhaps I’d have relapsed anyway, and be just be a healthier relapser?

I’d like to start walking to work again, which takes about 55 minutes at present.

Thank you!

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Alone, sore throat and conjestion are not the flu – unless accompanied by body aches, fever.

I always thought the rule for colds was – if involvement is above the neck, it’s OK to exercise; below the neck, no.

In any case, error on the side of caution and give yourself a few more days to rest.

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It is not wise to stress your immune system. If you must, take a casual stroll when your lungs are cleared and see how you feel afterwards. However, I wouldn’t run.

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How long has it been since you did the 55 minute walk?

What I was taught, in various exercise programs/groups I was involved with over the years was … to take as long getting back to the peak as you’ve been away from it.

so if you haven’t done 55 minutes for 2 weeks, take 2 weeks to work your way back to doing 55 minutes

it’s so long ago that I don’t recall any science behind it – but the rule (and it was consistent across swimming, dance, running etc back in the day) has always seemed to work well for me

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If you do a casual or brisk walk (3.5 mph to 4 mph) – not so much of an issue. Running (around 8 min/mile pace) does ’cause you’re using more of the reserve area of your lungs. It stresses your body and energy reserves far more. I’ve done it when I ran religiously… after I had the flu. I didn’t feel good for 3 days. It wasn’t worth it.

I’d walk causally (1/2 the time or distance) for about a week before I tried doing what I did just prior..unless you were sick for longer than a week. If it was longer than a week…I’d build back up a bit slower.

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Too long ago to remember. You couldn’t call what I did running, at my speediest. It was equivalent to a fast walk – I found jogging easier that a really fast walk, but that’s just me.

I have a slight memory inkling that it was get on out there, with certain cautions (which of course I forget). JoeNation probably has a view on this, whether it is about walking or running.

They were pretty on top of advice re exercise and health issues back then and I expect they still are a source on it.

NY Times might be a good source, with some good keywords.

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