We’ve all been there. It’s time to go to the gym, but you just can’t imagine making it through an entire workout. In fact, you aren’t sure you’re going to make it to the gym at all. Suddenly skipping workouts doesn’t sound all that bad.
But isn’t this when it’s most important to push through? If you skip, aren’t you just setting yourself up for failure? Well, sometimes. However, there are times when you need to take a step back and take a day off. Here’s how to know when skipping workouts is okay
Skipping Workouts: When It’s Not the End of the World
1. You haven’t had a good night’s sleep in days.
Sleep is one of the most overlooked pieces to a good fitness plan. Your body needs sleep to properly recover from your workouts. In fact, many would argue that this is the primary time your muscles grow. So if you’re sleep deprived, forego the workout and get caught up on your shut-eye.
2. Your cramps are nearly crippling you.
Yes, sometimes exercise is a good idea during that time of the month. But if you’re having a particularly heavy period and you’re cramping too bad, for God’s sake, take some meds, grab a heating pad and some dark chocolate, and go lie down! The gym will still be there for you tomorrow, and skipping a workout isn’t going to kill you.
3. You have sharp pains in your joints.
I see it on various forums all the time. “My knee/wrist/ankle has a sharp pain when exercising. Should I continue?” Hell no! Go to the doctor, joint pain can be serious. Don’t confuse this with sore muscles. It’s a different beast altogether.
4. You’re sick below the neck.
As we wrote awhile back, most people in the know believe it’s okay to exercise when you’re sick…unless you have symptoms below the neck. If you feel it in your lungs, you’re going to have trouble breathing and may do more harm than good. Have a stomach big? Get ready to puke if you workout!
When is skipping workouts okay to you? Discuss!
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