Trust me I’ve been there.
Some days I just have NO motivation & energy and Netflixing it sounds like my perfect Heaven. Most times, it’s important to push through that lack of exercise drive. But there are a few exceptions for when it’s totally okay–if not recommended–to skip a workout.
When you’re sick.
I mean obviously. If you’re puking your guts out or running a high temperature, it’s always best to stay home and skip a workout. Not only for your benefit, but for the other people in the gym. Gyms, unfortunately, are kind of like cesspools & speaking for personal experience, it’s SO so easy to catch a sickness from someone else. If one of my clients comes in to the gym and they’re even feeling a little sick, I SEND THEM HOME. Trust me, it’s better to skip your workout than make your sickness worse and everyone else around you sick as well.
When soreness is debilitating.
There’s a difference between normal soreness and debilitating soreness. So let me explain. Let’s say you had a really good leg workout. The next day, your glutes are feeling it, I mean REALLY feeling it. With every step you can feel some tightness in your glute muscles and stretching seems to be more difficult, but you can still go about your day normally. THAT’S normal soreness. Debilitating soreness is far more extreme.
This is when everyday activities–such as getting out of bed, putting clothes on, sitting down, getting out of your car, picking something up off the ground–become extremely difficult if not impossible. In situations like this, working out can hurt you more than it helps you. So if you’re debilitatingly sore, skip a workout. Trust me, we’ve all been there!
When you’ve had a physically active day.
On vacation walking around all day, or even spending the day at a park with your family! Those sound like pretty active days already. Odds are, you’ve already burned a significant amount of calories. Plus, on fun days like these, it’s sometimes hard to fit in a workout. So I’m all for skipping the gym and burning some calories in a more simple way. Just make sure to stay hydrated!
When you didn’t sleep well.
I know A LOT of trainers will tell you that you should power through an awful night’s sleep and hit the gym. But I’m just not that person. If y’all know me, I NEED my sleep. My night time routine is a freaking ritual, as well as getting at least seven hours of sleep. Top of the priority list. But if I slept horribly the night before, I will more than likely skip my workout. When you don’t get enough sleep, you are less focused and aware of your body, which can cause you to injure yourself during your workout. Definite NO for me. I’d like to avoid injury as much as possible.
Now even if you are going to skip a workout, make sure you’re still doing something productive for your body! Stretching throughout the day is a great way to relieve muscle soreness. Also if you’re sick, definitely take a major self care day. Take a bath, drink lots of tea, hydrate, etc. And if you didn’t get enough sleep, GURL take a nap.
Skipping a workout doesn’t mean you can’t do good things for your body!
Anyways, that’s all for now.