Shingles should i ride

Just been diagnosed with shingles, will it be still possible to ride low intensity workouts, without affecting my immune system. I do not feel fatigued just a rash?

Yes, just listen to your body. I rode through a bout last year without issue.


I ran a marathon when I had shingles, but I was also in my mid-twenties. Try one and see how you feel!

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I had a mild case of shingles a few months ago, but I had a more systemic set of flu-like symptoms in addition to that tingly rash. Once I could hold the riding position without too much fatigue, I eased back into intensity. I gave it a few weeks, though. I’d go slow, see how you feel, and ramp it back up slowly.

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I had it a couple years back (26 YO), and it was some of the most pain I’ve ever felt. However, my doctor said to just take care of yourself, get plenty of sleep, not push the body too hard. Easy stuff should be fine, just make sure to recover more than normal.

I would suspect low intensity rides should be fine…but as always…I do think a better answer is…consult your doctor. From there you can decide to take their advice or not.

Make sure the rash isn’t on the taint. That would be real bad.

Hi-hope you don’t mind me asking but how did you get on in the end? Did you manage to train through it? Just been diagnosed today (thought i’d just got an infection from my HRM strap but doctor says definitely shingles) and started anti-virals. Feeling ok, no fatigue, just a painful rash, but had a 200km ride planned tomorrow which I’m now thinking is probably a bad idea.

I had shingles last year and did for the most part train through it with z1-z2 workouts. Sleep was the hard part because of the discomfort. Yes I think a 200km ride would be well overdoing it. You run the risk of really running down your immune system and taking much longer to recover. My reduction only lasted about a week and I was back to being strong enough to ride normally.

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