Our expert says:
I suspect that your sickness was related more to the gym, and less to the exercise. Gyms are high risk when it comes to picking up infection, because of the air-conditioning and the fact that so many people are breathing heavily in an enclosed space.
Having said that, if you are exercising hard, your immune system can be compromised, certainly, and maybe that is what happened to you. The fact that you got ill cycling may indicate this (of course, it was the middle of winter, and your sickness may have been the result of something completely separate)
So I think it depends on how hard you were training - were you overdoing it? There are studies that have found that people in high volume or intensity training are more likely to get sick. So that's one possibility. ANd it is related to diet - if you train, your diet must change, and if it doesn't, the chances of sickness are higher, so I would not consider stopping exercise, but rather changing it, and changing diet.
Specifically, you may need to start slower, build up more carefully, and then look at more carbs in the diet, and more total energy, which will hopefully help prevent illness.
Final word - there is a lot of evidence that the right volume of exercise actually improves the immune system, and so in the name of health, it's better to train, but not too hard or too much, and with the right diet!
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