5 REASONS NOT TO WORKOUT
I think we all have days where we’d like to have good reasons not to workout, right? Justification for skipping a workout.
Unfortunately, these five reasons not to workout are different from the four reasons or excuses I mention in 4 Reasons You’re Not Exercising.
These are legitimate reasons why you should take a break, skip a workout, relax or do something else.
As a caveat, let me state that there are numerous reasons why someone shouldn’t workout. I’m simply listing five. This is not an all-inclusive exhaustive list of reasons not to workout.
I also want to state that exercise is important to maintaining a healthy life. Repeated, consistent exercise is important for our bodies and our minds for many reasons.
However, we need to listen to our bodies.
Our bodies have nerves and signals that talk to us. Sometimes they are telling us not to workout.
5 REASONS NOT TO WORKOUT
- You’re injured
If you have an injury of some sort, you clearly need to rest the injury. If it’s a minor injury it may need just a couple days rest. If it’s a major injury, you’ll need longer. (And you’ll probably have number 5 below and instructions along with possible physical therapy.)
You need to rest the injury to allow it to properly heal. You do not want to use the muscle or injured area too soon because you are setting yourself up for a bigger injury, improper healing and more time “resting.”
Although, you may not have to skip a workout completely. Maybe you injured your foot and can do a workout focused on your arms or even your butt. I had broken my foot/leg twice while in gymnastics and the entire time I had a boot on my leg I was working out. I was limited to swinging around on the uneven bars. The point is you may not need to completely skip a workout due to an injury.
Listen to your body. And follow any instructions regarding your injury.
- You’re sick
When you’re sick you don’t want to do anything but curl up in bed and die. Ok, maybe not that dramatic. But being sick with the flu or some bug that has you down and out for the count is reason enough to skip a workout.
It goes back to listening to your body. When you’re sick, your body is busy fighting those nasty germs. It probably doesn’t have the extra energy to knock out a killer kettle bell swing workout.
As your body returns to normal you can slowly start adding light and easy workouts. Exercising may make you feel better. It gets your blood pumping to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. It also releases endorphins. Endorphins improve your mood and make you feel happier.
Colds, allergies and sinus infections can be nasty. But more often than not, you could still exercise. Choose a workout that is shorter; low-impact to prevent jarring motions to your head; or relaxing like yoga.
- You’re too sore
Oh, being sore can be a hurt so good feeling. However, it can also be a walking funny for days feeling.
When you exercise and more particularly during a strength training workout you are breaking down your muscles. You are literally tearing your muscles. So naturally your muscles hurt and get sore. This is your body telling you to back off and let your muscles recover and heal.
This sore period is your muscles healing but also building. It’s during the rest time that you are building lean muscle tissue.
If you never rest your muscles, you’ll never properly build muscle and eventually end up on the injured list.
Unless your entire body and all your muscles are sore, you could do a different workout. If you’re arms are sore, do a leg workout. Legs are sore, do an arm workout.
You should give a muscle group at least one if not two days rest before working it again. Most often you will feel even more sore the second day following a tough workout.
If you ARE sore all over, check out number four below. If that isn’t helpful to you, try a slow, stretch, recovery workout like yoga.
- You have no idea what you’re doing
Ok. This really isn’t a good reason not to workout. This is more of a reason to get some guidance and help.
It is absolutely wonderful that you want to workout and add exercise to your daily routine.
However, before you go gang busters and potentially ruin your game before it even starts, seek some guidance.
If you exercise at home, start with programs that offer instruction and guidance. Beachbody on Demand is the streaming service I use for all the exercise programs I follow. You have tons of programs to choose from to get your exercise routine established. I highly recommend starting with 21 Day Fix.
So if you’re a complete newbie, I’d say stop. Do a little research, seek some guidance, get some instructions before starting that workout. If it means starting your workouts one day later, it’s better than ending up on the sidelines for multiple days.
- You have a doctor’s note or disability of some sort
If you have a doctor’s note or a disability that limits or prevents you from working out please follow your prescribed instructions. There are reasons for those exercise disclaimers.
Workouts are not one size fits all. Not everyone can or should workout the same way.
If you can only exercise three days a week, do so and don’t feel bad you don’t exercise five days. You are doing what you can!
If you can’t run for whatever reason, don’t. Walk instead and feel good you are making healthy choices for your life.
Life throws curveballs and sometimes you have to roll with the punches.
I can’t stress this enough. Listen to your body. It’s telling you something on purpose. Take the time your body needs to heal and then get back in the game.
Try not to let too much time pass before easing back into your workouts. If you wait too long all motivation may be lost. Then it will be even harder to get back in the game.
And if you are currently doing all that you can, celebrate that!
I hope you are currently not experiencing any of these reasons not to workout. Stay safe and be healthy.
ARE YOU TRACKING YOUR WORKOUTS AND MEALS?
Are you keeping a fitness journal? Research shows that by keeping a food and fitness journal, writing down your workouts and what you eat, you lose more weight and reach your goals quicker. Fitbook is an awesome journal that provides tips, motivation and plenty of space to reflect and document things that inspire you. I use this to help plan my workouts and my meals. I love the extra tips it offers. Oftentimes, I’m left thinking – That’s a good one. I’ll have to try that. There are actually a few journal options to choose from.
ARE YOU DEALING WITH ANY OF THESE REASONS?
As always, please remember that I am not a medical professional, personal trainer or certified instructor… I’m just a hard hitting girl wants to be healthy and strong! Before you begin any fitness or nutrition program, please consult your physician!
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