Should You Take a Break from Exercising?

Working out 🚴is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But there’re times when you should take a break from exercising. While you shouldn’t skip a workout just cause you’re not feeling it, there’re times that you definitely should take a break. Here’re 7 of them.

1. You Work out 7 Days a Week

Working out is good for you mind, body and soul. It’s good for your physical health and helps you to be healthy and balanced emotionally. But you can overdo it. It’s good to give yourself a day off at least once a week. Your body needs time to rest and recover.

2. You Have an Injury

Don’t work out if you’ve got an injury. If you do then you’re taking the chance on making your injury worse. A few short days of rest is better than having to miss weeks for a more complex injury you sustained by pushing through a workout when you shouldn’t have. Giving your body time to heal is best. Unless you’ve seen your doctor and know it’s okay to workout then it’s best to wait.

3. You’re Completely Exhausted

Exercise is important but so is sleep. If you’re sleep deprived, then you need the rest more than you need an hour in the gym. Lack of sleep has actually been linked to a weak immune system. Catching enough zz’s can keep you from catching the colds and flu that’re going around your office. Make it your goal to get at least 7 hours of sleep 🏨 each night.

4. You Just Had a Baby

Your body needs time to recover after childbirth. You may be anxious to work out and get back into your pre-pregnancy wardrobe but it’s really best to hold off. Wait until your doctor gives you their okay to resume exercise. Working out before your doctor approves it could cause injury. Spend your recovery focusing on yourself and your sweet little one.

5. You’re Sick and It’s Not Just a Cold

If you’re sick then it may be best to take a break from working out. Allergies or a small cold are usually okay to proceed with your workout but other illnesses such as bronchitis or a stomach virus aren’t. There’s a basic guideline that says if an illness is above the neck (such as a cold) then it’s okay to exercise but if it’s below the neck (such as bronchitis or a stomach virus) then wait till you’re well. When you’re sick then your body needs time rest, plenty of fluids and sometimes medication. Taking care of yourself can help you get back in the gym sooner.

6. Your Feet Have Blisters on Them

You need your feet to be in good shape to exercise. If you’ve got blisters then you need to wait until they’re healed. Whether you danced the night way 👡 in heels that hurt or your flats left blisters where they pinched, let your feet recover. Exercising with blisters can cause them to worsen, not to mention make them hurt terribly. If you’ve chosen a workout that can be done barefoot, such as yoga, then go for it.

7. Your Day Was beyond Crazy

Sometimes a workout just isn’t happening. Your day is beyond crazy. You may have worked a full day, had a night class and have a test to study for tomorrow. Whatever the circumstances, some days don’t allow for a workout. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Just set it as a goal for tomorrow and move on.

These’re 7 times you should take a break from exercising. When do you give yourself the day off? I always read your comments!