Does sick time off = time off?

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    Does sick time off = time off?


    Been sick as a dog the last few days, and just wondering what the opinions are.

    Does the time I take off while being sick equal to just taking time off as far as recovery goes? Can I count this week off as my week off every few months?

    I've just had a crazy bit of the flu. No vomiting or anything, just horrible cramps, sore joints, light fever, etc.

    Feeling better today, but still light headed, and a bit off all around. I'm guessing I will be off until Monday at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drivehard View Post
    Been sick as a dog the last few days, and just wondering what the opinions are.

    Does the time I take off while being sick equal to just taking time off as far as recovery goes? Can I count this week off as my week off every few months?

    I've just had a crazy bit of the flu. No vomiting or anything, just horrible cramps, sore joints, light fever, etc.

    Feeling better today, but still light headed, and a bit off all around. I'm guessing I will be off until Monday at least.

    Thanks!
    Regardless of WHAT your time off training was because of, if you had time off, then yes, I would call it "time off". However, if you were sick, even though you were having a break from training, then it's not really "recovery" time, since your body will have been using that time to battle whatever sickness you had.

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    i agree with rosie to an extent....if u just had a fever, but u were still eating like a horse (or eating to your goals) then it can be beneficial to an extent. but again, if u are going to take time off, you dont wanna b sick
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    I train hard and heavy year 'round and rarely take time off but what I did notice, at least for myself, is that I end up stronger after recovering from a cold and taking time off. Of course when I get back in the gym, I'm weak but muscle memory is such a great thing. After a couple of weeks I notice that my strength will actually go up. I guess the rest for me does my body good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kanakafarian View Post
    I train hard and heavy year 'round and rarely take time off but what I did notice, at least for myself, is that I end up stronger after recovering from a cold and taking time off. Of course when I get back in the gym, I'm weak but muscle memory is such a great thing. After a couple of weeks I notice that my strength will actually go up. I guess the rest for me does my body good.
    Good post.






    I applaud your dedication OP, but there is nothing wrong with taking a little extra time off. It can actually be beneficial, as stated. You never want to sacrifice recovery.

    Training with a head cold is one thing, but training with the flu could equal
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    NO. I agree with the way Rosie put it, and I look at it like this, you got sick and unintentionally were forced to take off from training so it cant be the same thing.
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