Athletes… getting the flu!


As the season comes along, we are coming across the biggest predicament in the beginning…. the flu!!!  As an athlete, we go threw so much commotion cause we want to push threw anything… but there are certain parameters we must follow:

First, though, we should mention the situations in which athletes should put their workouts on hold. Whenever you have a fever greater than 100 degrees, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath or wheezing, or a rapid/irregular heartbeat, it’s best to abstain from training. The risk of making things worse, combined with the likelihood of completing a poor workout which won’t really help you attain your training goals, make it wise to rest until such symptoms resolve themselves.

Rest.. what does that mean!!!!

That means listening to your body and resting.Do not overdue it! if you do! There is some evidence noting that light physical activity such as walking offers protection from getting sick. However, the physical stress of heavy training can make an athlete more vulnerable. For example, in one study runners averaging more than 96km/wk were twice as likely to suffer from colds as those running less than 32 km/wk. Poor nutrition and psychological stress that can occur with over-training also can weaken immunity.

So how sick is too sick to train? A good rule of thumb is that if symptoms are confined to the neck or above, it is probably fine to work out but at a reduced level initially and then advance the intensity and duration as tolerated. On the other hand, if symptoms occur below the neck, one should rest until the problem resolves. A fever means the body’s temperature regulation center already has its hands full and may not be able to tolerate additional physical stress of training. Exercising with a fever can also be a recipe for dehydration. Muscle aches, diarrhea, and difficulty breathing all indicate that an infection is more serious and that the body needs rest in order to heal.

To conclude, many of the symptoms of colds and flu are self-limited. By drinking plenty of fluids, getting extra rest, and judiciously using a pain and fever reducer, you will often obtain adequate relief from your symptoms. Whenever particular symptoms are preventing you from getting a good night’s rest, one of the cold/flu remedies might be helpful. If you are confused about the multitude of medications which are available, an excellent source of information is The Complete Drug Reference. Although priced rather steeply, this volume tells you what to expect from various drugs and advises you about which drugs to avoid if you have underlying medical conditions. If you are ever unsure about what to take, talk to your doctor for helpful hints.


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