Most people know they should be making working out a priority, but most people are also really good at making excuses not to work out. I’m no stranger to this, either. I used to be too unmotivated, too busy, too tired/weak/stressed out to work out. I would come up with excuses, and though I’d feel a little guilty for doing so, I’d always tell myself my excuses were good enough to justify my lack of exercise.
Here are some good reasons for not working out :
- You’ve Got a Fever – When the body’s immune system is battling an infection it doesn’t need to deal with stress form exercise on top of that.
- You’ve Got a Cold – Moderate intensity workouts are OK when you have a common cold. If you go to a gym when you have a cold, use hand sanitiser and wipe off any surfaces you touch so you don’t contaminate your gym buddies.
- You’ve Got the Flu – Head to your sofa, not the gym. Skip your workout until you recover. With the flu comes a fever, so heed the rule not to exercise when you have a fever.
- You Don’t Sleep Last Night and Now You’re Too Tired To Exercise? – Get our of bed and get moving. A morning workout may be just what you need after a restless night to boost your energy level and get your ready for the day.
- Your Muscles Are Sore? – You can go to the gym, but make it a light intensity workout, such as walking instead of running. It’s also OK to skip your workout and rest, if the soreness is to severe.
- You Recently Had A Concussion – Do not exercise or participate in any sport until your doctor days it is safe to do so, even if you feel OK. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury, and your brain needs to heal properly.
- You’re Pregnant – Ask your doctor about a safe exercise program such as yoga, swimming, walking and other low impact and moderate intensity exercises which can be very beneficial during pregnancy.