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09 July 2012

Forget training when flu strikes

You're training hard. Then, out of the blue, you're struck down by a nasty bout of flu. What are the implications for your exercise routine?

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You're training hard. Then, out of the blue, you're struck down by a nasty bout of flu. What are the implications for your exercise routine?

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Forget about "sweating out" a cold or flu – don't train if you have flu! Strain on an infected heart muscle (myocarditis, one of the possible complications of flu) may lead to paralysis of this muscle. There have been cases – in young sportspeople – where the only way to survive after myocarditis was a heart transplant. A gradual return to exercise after recovering from flu is best. You should generally not exercise for at least seven days after recovering. 

 
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