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Old 01-20-2005, 07:34 PM   #1
Theron Mathis
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I rarely get sick. However, this winter I caught a nasty colds. Dousing, vitamins, etc.--none worked.

Despite the cold I hated not working out, but often had little energy. I did a couple of WODs but had to back off the intensity.

Any comments on exercising when sick.

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Old 01-20-2005, 09:12 PM   #2
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Hi Theron- I read a study once upon a time that essentially concluded if your cold was 'above the neck', you were ok to work out, as much as you could tolerate. In fact, the general sense of well-being that comes from working out often helped people who were sick. However, if your cold is below the neck, in other words chest cold, congestion, etc., or has a fever, no working out, stay home, drink fluids, catch up on CrossFit message boards, etc.
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Old 01-21-2005, 06:15 AM   #3
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Theron, what Matthew wrote was exactly what I've always heard. Once it gets into your chest, take a break.
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Old 01-21-2005, 07:22 AM   #4
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I agree with the above two posts, but I also think that as soon as you feel capable of movement you should do so. I rarely get ill, when I do, I like to do a little joint mobility, some bodyweight squats, things to keep from feeling like a tin man--and I definitely think it improves the recovery time.

Many immune functions in the body are based on pressure to get things circulating (lymphatic system). So if you don't move, things don't circulate. Just my take.
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Old 01-21-2005, 10:06 AM   #5
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Bill Starr had a great article on working out sick. Basically he was all for it, with a key modification. He uses sick days as a good day to set new records. When a lifter of his comes into the gym feeling all punk, Starr has him attempt a pr on a lift. Just one lift, working up to a one rep max. Then he sends the guy home. That way the workout is not to strenuous to make the guy any sicker and he leaves the gym with an accomplishment.

I rarely get sick, but I've tried on a couple of occasions and it worked great. Got my pr and felt less bad about being sick.
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Old 01-25-2005, 06:36 AM   #6
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Not quite the same kind of sickness, but prior to my workout yesterday I had an extremely unsettled stomach. My girlfriend had been suffering from a nasty stomach bug for the previous couple of days so I assumed I was coming down with the same thing.

Thinking it would be a good opportunity to say hi to Pukie :wink: I decided to go ahead with my planned workout (Saturday and Sunday's WODS back-to-back), and found that, far from feeling sick afterwards (although I did, to paraphrase Eugene Allen, wave to Pukie during the workout!), my unsettled stomach was completely gone.

Not sure what this proves, but it could be evidence of the healing power of crossfit! Can I get a witness?!? :happy:
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Old 01-25-2005, 07:25 AM   #7
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I'm a big fan of working out sick. If the head is stuffed up, particularly where it feels like there's a pound of gauze up the nose, a good sweat makes it all come out. Exquisite. Congested lungs? A sweat helps free up the stuff and let you cough it out. That sore, creaky feeling makes you more aware of your body movement, and move more efficiently.

I remember reading about how Walter Payton had his best day ever running, setting the single game record, while feeling low with a cold/flu. It's a recurrent theme, although I can't recall any other specific anecdotes at the moment.

I'll mention that back in my JO squadron days, I'd tackle a hangover head-on by going out and running hard the next day. It always felt better when I stopped. :happy:
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Old 01-25-2005, 08:43 AM   #8
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Another Chicago great, the best sports performance I've ever seen, Michael Jordan, sick with the flu, playoff game, needs IV fluids, has one of the best games of his life, staggers off the court after winning!
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Old 01-25-2005, 09:53 AM   #9
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I'm following the "above the neck" rule . . . have a NASTY head cold right now, congestion from hell, but no cough.

Rowed 4,000 meters easy (18:00), did some some snatch drills with the 15-lb body bar, and did the headstand thing where you lower your straight legs to the floor and then back up again 20 times.

Felt much better after workout and steam room.
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Old 01-25-2005, 12:20 PM   #10
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The "flu game" is one of my favorite sports memories.

For those unfamiliar, ESPN recounts it pretty well.

Another excellent moment in sports (if you can find the video for download, I highly recommend watching).

I'll end the hijack there.
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