Pneumonia and Exercise

Hillary Clinton Pneumonia And Exercise

Pneumonia and Exercise

By now it's no secret to most that Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton made millions take notice of her health and grueling schedule during a 9/11 appearance yesterday.  The candidate appeared to faint while waiting to leave an event she was attending in New York city.  The official word from her campaign was that she was overheated, dehydrated and suffering from pneumonia.  So what does Hillary Clinton Pneumonia and Exercise have in common?  Short answer: a lot!

What Is Pneumonia?

According to the American Lung Association, pneumonia is a complication from common respiratory infections that millions of people experience every year.  It is caused by bacteria or a virus in the lungs which causes the lungs' air sacs (alveoli), to become inflamed and fill with fluid.  This can dramatically decrease the body's ability to process oxygen. 

Hillary Clinton Pneumonia and Exercise

The process by which the body "converts" oxygen into energy is measured by determining your V02 Max.  This is basically how well your body uses oxygen during exercise.  You can read our blog post What Is V02Max for a more detailed explanation. 

I'm sure Hillary Clinton pneumonia and exercise aren't two things commonly associated with each other, but it's a real concern for anyone into working out, weightlifting, Crossfit or anything to do with the gym. First of all it goes without saying that if you have ANY medical condition, or feel like you're coming down with something, that you pay a visit to your doctor for medical clearance before starting or continuing any exercise or fitness routine. 

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Once you do have clearance to start working out again there are a couple of things to consider before you start sweating it out or weight training again. 

1. As with any illness, your body needs rest in order to recover.  During sleep is when the body is repairing damaged cells and rebuilding. 

2. Don't jump back into your normal workout routine and assume you're doing to be able to perform at the same level as before you got sick.  This seems like a no brainer, but you'd be surprised at how many people think they can go full throttle as soon as they start feeling better.  You wouldn't start jump roping the day after you got a cast removed for a broken leg, so you shouldn't assume your stamina would be unaffected after dealing with a bout of pneumonia. 

3. Diet and nutrition are key when recovering from exercise or illness!  Your body needs key nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants to not only battle illness, but for the energy required to workout. It does you no good to jump back into your exercise and fitness routine only to be benched again a week later because you didn't allow yourself enough time to recover.  The Hillary Clinton pneumonia incident is a perfect example of what can happen if you don't respect your body and give it the rest it needs to repair itself!

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