Maintaining a regular workout routine is crucial when you want to change your body. Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, be a better athlete, run farther, you need to have a consistent exercise program and make sure that you are “putting in the time.”
But sometimes there’s a good excuse to skip your workout. We aren’t supposed to be perfect, nor should we try to be. And life can throw us a few curveballs. Let’s go over a few reasonable excuses to let you off the hook from the gym today.
So when is it okay to skip workouts?
- You’re sick: Most experts agree that low-intensity exercise can help boost your energy and won’t harm you if you are feeling a “bit” under the weather. But if you are experiencing more than let’s say a small cold, don’t get others sick at the gym or wipe yourself out because you are trying to stick to a workout program. You’ll only set yourself further back and compromise your immune system. A bit of rest will help you reduce stress on your body and recover quicker.
- You’re hurt: This is a great reason to skip your workout because you can’t out-work an injury. Be careful when your body is telling you something is wrong. Symptoms are annoying, but they are instrumental in letting us know that we need to change our current behavior pattern.
- You’re burnt out: Sometimes life can get the best of us and we need to just recharge our batteries. While a good workout can help with reducing daily stresses, there’s a point that it can only bring on more stress that we don’t need. Skipping your workout is okay when you are realizing that your ability to function, whether you are at your job or just at home, is slowly falling apart.
If you want to truly change your body, it’s going to take some hard work and commitment. And you’ll have to push through some days where you don’t feel like working out. But there are occasional days where it’s okay to skip your workout. You’ll benefit more by resting and come back even stronger to attack your fitness goals the next day as a result!
Blog Written By: Blaire Rummel