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2005-11-29 2:18 PM

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Subject: Swimming with a cold - good or bad?

I have a cold, there I admitted it. I hate to admit that I'm sick, but I don't think I can deny it anymore. I think I picked it up from the cute kids I played with over Thanksgiving - darn it! Frown

So, I think the rule for training when you're sick is something like "exercise a cold, rest a flu", but I wasn't sure if that applied to swimming as well. I'm not sure why it seems different to me, but I thought I should check before I got in the pool tonight. What is your experience - swimming with a cold - good or bad?



2005-11-29 2:28 PM
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1.  Are you asking the person who swims in the lane with you?

2.  Aside from a snot trail and the possibility of drowning, what possible negative could there be?

2005-11-29 2:36 PM
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i tried to swim with a cold. i had to stop after every 25 yards because i had problems breathing. after that i rested for a week i felt so good that next time i got in the pool it felt like i swam a lot quicker. i would say rest till you are all better then go swiming.
2005-11-29 2:42 PM
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Heather,

It's really personal preference, I find that when I am sick and try to swim my head feels like it is going to explode. Not to mention that if you are congested then it will be harder to breathe causing a higher HR etc. So my advice is if it isn't a key workout that you just HAVE to do, then skip it and rest.

2005-11-29 2:43 PM
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I'm not sure what bad things I think would happen - it just seems different. I'm planning on going on my run tonight for sure, but the pool just seems different to me.  I don't want to not swim just to slack off either - but since my shoulder started acting up last week, I'm wondering if this is the time to take a break from swimming until the cold is gone - maybe that will also give my shoulder needed rest... I'm just thinking out loud, but I'm not sure if I'm just making excuses...

2005-11-29 2:48 PM
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When is your next race?


2005-11-29 2:56 PM
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Not until April - so it's not a key workout or anything (I was typing my last post while you submitted yours). I'm not very good at being consistent with my training, especially in the winter, so I'm a little leary of missing workouts and making excuses right now, because I've actually been doing good.

I think I'll skip the swim and try to go for a slow run, just to keep moving. If I feel horrible on the run, maybe I'll just walk...

2005-11-29 3:07 PM
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Just listen to your body, and if you need a good orthopedic practice or Physical Therapist let me know. I had the same thing going on with my shoulder last year and they fixed me right up. Just curious do you use paddles or gloves when you swim?
2005-11-30 1:09 AM
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General rule of thumb; if the sickness is from the neck up, you're ok to work out. If it's below the neck (e.g. in the chest) you are better off resting.

I've always swam and run through a cold. Some pools, however, will not allow you in the pool if you have visible signs of infection (such as a severe runny nose).

Hope you feel better soon.
2005-11-30 7:24 AM
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I personally don't like to swim when I have a cold.  The congestion, running nose, sore throat never go well in the water.   It's not like you haveyour dri fit running shirt to wipe your nose on when you're in the pool.   But that's just me.  If you're next race isn't until April, not not take a few days off from the pool?
2005-11-30 7:59 AM
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Thanks for all the input guys - this is why I love this website. I ended up taking the day off yesterday and I'll give myself a few days to recover before returning to the pool. Thanks!


2010-04-22 10:17 AM
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I still have a productive cough but better.  No runny nose.  Really need pool time asap.  So I'm going to stop in I think - no speed just balance and if I can breath with a cold maybe I can breath without one!! Wink
2013-02-24 2:39 PM
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It depends on your symptoms.

If it's just your nose and throat (beginning), then you can definitely go swim! Doing exercise, especially cardio, actually clears your airways so your nostrils clear up and your sinuses are no longer swollen (and you feel normal) during the workout. Unfortunately, it gets as bad as it was before shortly after you get out of the pool, and at the beginning you might get some snot in the pool which is a bit gross.

If you have a fever or you're more advanced in the cold, more precisely if you've started coughing, you shouldn't do any cardio at all. Working out when your lungs are sick is a really bad idea and could make it a lot worse.

Pay attention to how you feel. If you can barely keep your eyes open to read, swimming probably isn't a good idea. If you have a fever, obviously stay in bed.

2013-02-24 6:08 PM
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I generally continue to do easy swims (just swim the workout distance or a bit less easy, maybe some drills but no hard sets) if I just have a simple cold (no fever or cough) and I feel like doing something. For some reason it feels better than biking or running, maybe because I have asthma and the combo of cold plus the pollution here can trigger attacks; the pool's indoors with an air filter.  Of course I won't swim if my nose is running uncontrollably, but I tend to get more congestion symptoms. Swimming almost always makes me feel better. If I start to feel worse or wheeze, then I call it quits. Haven't noticed that swimming prolongs colds or makes them worse, while running often does. I would avoid hard workouts and swimming in a very cold pool, though.
2013-02-25 7:47 AM
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8 year old zombie thread. yikes!
2013-03-07 5:14 PM
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My question is if I will be motivated enough to go to a swim palce for 30minutes...


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