Before I begin I would like to take this opportunity to say that this is strictly my opinion. If you haven`t already read my book, Three Strikes You’re In, then please do so, It will help you understand what I’m about to speak to you about.
The better physical shape you’re in, the better your recovery from surgery, or any other illness, will be. All told, I had three cancer surgeries, three back surgeries, brain surgery, heart surgery and numerous other ills. I don`t think that I would be here today if it wasn`t for the excellent physical shape I worked so hard to achieve. I don`t believe that exercising during a cold or flu is beneficial, however during my chemo sessions for lung cancer, I worked out as much as my endurance would let me. It was at the start of my four month journey with chemo that I decided I would compete in a body building show. I needed something to keep my mind off the cancer and chemo. Chemo was once every three weeks, for seven hours each session. During the chemo week, I was too weak to work out, so I rested until my strength returned. For the remaining three weeks of the month I worked out six days a week, for two hours a day. I had lost about forty percent of my strength, but if I didn`t exercise I would have been a mess. This was the beginning of my evolution from cancer patient to cancer survivor. Twenty- three months later, I was on the stage a the Tribecca Performing Arts Center, competing in the masters, fifty-five and up, category. It was the most exciting night of my life (read my book for the outcome!)
My point here is that working out during a serious illness can be beneficial. Again, this is my personal opinion. If you find yourself in a similar situation, do whatever you believe is the right thing to do. Also, always keep your doctor in the loop to make sure that the level of exercise is appropriate for your condition, and is not doing you more harm than good.
It is my strong opinion as a personal trainer that you don`t come to the gym and share your common cold germs with everyone. If I have a cold or flu I don`t spread them to my clients, I just wait until the smoke clears before returning to the gym. My advice is stay home, get plenty of rest and nutrition, and return to the gym strong and ready to continue.
Yours in health,
Rusty Russo is author of Three Strikes You’re In.