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You’re Excused from Exercise

Sometimes it’s okay to skip your workout.

You’ve heard the excuses before. Maybe you’ve even made them yourself. You’re too tired, too busy, too lazy, or would rather do something else. There are plenty of bad excuses to skip your workout, but there are also some that are completely valid.

Don’t feel guilty the next time you have to skip exercise if you have one of the following excuses.

“I’m Injured.”

Some injuries mean exercise is out of the question. Other injuries may be made worse by exercise. And some injuries require specific exercises to heal.
Injured or in pain? Check with your doctor before continuing to exercise. Rest may be your best treatment or you may need physical therapy to heal.

Sometimes an upper body injury may mean you can still do lower body workouts and visa versa. Just remember that you shouldn’t exercise through pain. Listen to your body and take a break if needed.

“I’m Sick.”

Bodies need rest to heal. Exercise puts extra stress on your body and may slow the healing process when you’re under the weather. Anytime you have a fever, virus, or infection, it’s best to rest at home until you regain your strength and are no longer sick and contagious.

“I’m Exhausted.”

While exercise should be a priority, so is sleep. After a late night or poor sleep, you have permission to skip your workout to get another hour or two of sleep. Without rest, you’re more prone to injury, illness, and poor mental function. That said, a lack of sleep should be a rare excuse to skip your workout. Plan to go to bed earlier when you have an early morning workout planned.

“My Muscles Need to Recover.”

After an extra-strenuous workout or challenging strength-training session, your muscles need time to recover. Pushing your muscles to new limits causes small tears in the muscle. As your muscle repairs the damage, new muscle tissue forms. This process is how muscle is built and strengthened.

In order for your muscles to recover from an intense workout, they require rest. There are two ways to go about this. Either take a day off of exercise between workouts or plan to alternate the days you work your upper and lower body muscles. If you’re not sure which is best for you, ask your trainer.

“The Doctor Said to Lay Off.”

In rare cases, exercise is dangerous for your health. Whether you have an injury or illness, listen to your doctor’s orders. Certain health conditions may warrant a day, week, or month off of exercise. These may include uncontrolled asthma, heart conditions, a recent concussion, acute back pain, or a recent pregnancy.

Sometimes you may not have to completely avoid exercise, but may need to adjust your workouts. Again, talk with your trainer for a tailored workout that keeps you moving in a safe way when under doctor’s orders.

“I’m Outta Here.”

Vacations are a good excuse to skip your workout, as long as your vacation lasts no longer than a week. When you have to choose between quality family time and exercise, choose family time. Relax, make memories, and get ready to hit the gym when you return home.

“My Muscles Are Sore.”

When you’re new to exercise, it’s been a while since you’ve worked out, or you push your muscles to new limits, the next day you feel it in your muscles. Known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), this soreness sets in 12 to 24 hours after your workout, may range from mild to severe, and may last several days. Extreme soreness means you should take a day or two off from your normal workout. A walk or light exercises are safe, but don’t feel guilty about giving your muscles time to rest and recover.