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Sinus Infection and Exercise

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So I'm not positive if I have a sinus infection yet or not (though I am prone to them), I've had symptoms for sure for about 1.5 weeks now.  It started with a cold, and I thought I'd recovered from the evil cold symptoms, but now I have this intense pressure in my head and I'm still all mucous-y Yell

I have exercised a few times in the past week and a half (though, not since Monday), and I was just wondering if working out with a possible sinus infection is a good idea or not?

The main thing I'm worried about is the fact that sometimes when I exercise, I get pressure headaches like this and I really don't want to increase that possibility!

Short 30 minute work out a good idea, or bad?

Thanks :)

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Here is an article that may be helpful (just ignore all the ads): bmit/tanja-gardner/training-or-television.htm

And remember:
-Consider those who will be around you
-Do you have a temp of 99.5 or above?  Then rest instead
-If your symptoms are above your neck and you feel okay enough to exercise, cut effort by 50%
-If your symptoms are below the neck, it is best to just skip it and let your body rest
-Determine whether or not you really need to work out when you are feeling this way, or if it is okay to skip out for a couple days to recover (i.e. are you an athlete in your season, training for something or is it for personal improvement?)

If you do decide to exercise when you are sick, listen to your body and stop if it gets to be too much.

You can also find some helpful articles online by Googling "exercising when you're sick."


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For what it's worth, I don't exercise when I'm sick.  But no longterm harm done because it doesn't make me slack off any when I get better. 

I am responding to this as I've been suffering from sinusitus for the past few months.  Every couple of weeks it seems to flare up, for me.  I would take the advice of salgal.  I myself try to exercise about 30-45 at least 6 days a week.  When my sinusitus is mostly in my head, that seems to go.  I have read somewhere that exercising while ill can do one good, but you shouldn't overdo it.  If you are feeling feverish, don't do it.  And if you feel weak, as I often do, take it easy.  Perhaps you should check with your doctor to make sure it is ok.  Good luck, and I hope your sinusitus doesn't last as long as mine is.

Thanks guys :)

I think I'll attempt just a light exercise session tonight then...just a jolly little stroll on the elliptical and a pleasant bike ride to nowhere in the gym haha.

Thanks again!

This doesn't exactly answer your question but you say you are prone to sinus infections. So am I, in fact once I had one that lasted six weeks my freshman year of college. If you would like to improve your sinus health and prevent ever getting one again - buy this. I know it seems weird but you would not regret it.
I agree with sweetblea.  I have always been prone to sinus infections and I purchased a neti-pot - from day one my breathing was better and my headaches were gone.  It does seem weird and feels funny the first time, but it's well worth it.  Good luck, and hope you feel better.
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