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    Can you develope flu like symptoms from working out too much?

    A couple days ago, I really pushed myself to the limit (treadmill) and ever since then, the lower side of my throat began to hurt(below the adams apple). It is not like a strep throat kind of hurt but a hurt that makes you cough and the kind that makes the gross stuff come out. Is this because of running too much without rest and my body does not have time to recover fast enough?
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    Intense training acutely suppresses your immune system (as does chronic strenuous training without adequate recovery). So you may have picked something up whist your immune system was compromised.
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    Originally Posted by in10city View Post
    Intense training acutely suppresses your immune system (as does chronic strenuous training without adequate recovery). So you may have picked something up whist your immune system was compromised.
    Should I take some vitamin C? What kind of things should I be eating to get rid of these symptoms? Argg, this sucks because ever since I got this sore throat, I lost some motivation.. but not enough to not go to the gym!
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    I read a while back about the symptoms of overtraining and I remember that they sounded a lot like the flu.
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    Originally Posted by snorkelman View Post
    I read a while back about the symptoms of overtraining and I remember that they sounded a lot like the flu.
    i googled over training and it said

    * Washed-out feeling, tired, drained, lack of energy yes
    * Mild leg soreness, general aches and pains yes
    * Pain in muscles and joints yes
    * Sudden drop in performance yes
    * Insomnia
    * Headaches
    * Decreased immunity (increased number of colds, and sore throats) yes
    * Decrease in training capacity / intensity yes
    * Moodiness and irritability yes
    * Depression
    * Loss of enthusiasm for the sport yes
    * Decreased appetite yes
    * Increased incidence of injuries.
    * A compulsive need to exercise

    9/14 I think I am going to take a few days off.
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    Originally Posted by snorkelman View Post
    I read a while back about the symptoms of overtraining and I remember that they sounded a lot like the flu.
    True overtraining is rare and does not occur with one session. It's from chronic & severe overexercising and underrecovering.

    If anything, the OP would more likely be experiencing overreaching if he were hammering himself.

    OP - Read this: http://www.johnberardi.com/articles/...ertraining.htm
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    As in10city alludes to, that specific session isn't likely the problem -- BUT if that was one in a long series of intense training for awhile it could certainly be the beginning of some overtraining fatigue. But you'd have to have been working REALLY hard for an extended period of time -- as an example I only got really burned out and needed 2-3 days of rest followed by a week of light workouts after almost four months of intense cutting/5 day a week lifting/6 days a week of cardio. But when I did finally realize i needed to rest I had gotten where I had flu-like symptoms (soreness in the joints, couldn't sleep but always tired, elevated heart rate, runny nose, no appetite).
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    Originally Posted by scrummie2 View Post
    As in10city alludes to, that specific session isn't likely the problem -- BUT if that was one in a long series of intense training for awhile it could certainly be the beginning of some overtraining fatigue. But you'd have to have been working REALLY hard for an extended period of time -- as an example I only got really burned out and needed 2-3 days of rest followed by a week of light workouts after almost four months of intense cutting/5 day a week lifting/6 days a week of cardio. But when I did finally realize i needed to rest I had gotten where I had flu-like symptoms (soreness in the joints, couldn't sleep but always tired, elevated heart rate, runny nose, no appetite).
    what did you do to recover from that state?

    BTW, I read the article, it was interesting and I feel I am seeing the beginning stages of over training :/

    i've been going to the gym for about 2 months now and only recently has my nutrition been good.. I'd say for a month I was going morning for cardio and night for lifting andI was only getting like 1400 calories :/
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    Originally Posted by AngryLlama View Post
    what did you do to recover from that state?

    BTW, I read the article, it was interesting and I feel I am seeing the beginning stages of over training :/

    i've been going to the gym for about 2 months now and only recently has my nutrition been good.. I'd say for a month I was going morning for cardio and night for lifting andI was only getting like 1400 calories :/
    I've been through true overtraining myself (mono, the whole bit) and it takes backing off on volume and intensity for an appropriate amount of time coupled with good nutrition and active recovery techniques. It took me a very long time but you can implement changes now to mitigate and prevent going down that path too far.

    You probably should also reevaluate your training program, rest & recovery techniques, and nutrition (especially surrounding your exercise sessions).
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