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When It's OK to Skip a Workout

By Sara Butler

There are times when you miss a workout. And you know what? That is perfectly acceptable. For increased health and wellness, regular exercise is important. But there are also times when your body and mind demand a break from your workout routine. Here are a few instances when it’s OK to skip your workout – just make sure you’re honest with yourself about it so you don’t slip into bad habits!

You Just Gave Birth

One could argue that having a baby is a workout in itself! But giving birth is absolutely a valid reason for skipping the gym and keep skipping it until your doctor gives you the green light to resume. Remember, your body is recovering from a pretty intense experience so you really need to cut yourself some slack. It can be difficult to keep yourself from doing too much simply because you’re ready to get back into pre-baby shape, but you have to make sure you’re ready or you could risk being out of the workout game for even longer.

You’re Hurt

Skipping your workout when you’re injured in incredibly important because if you don’t let your body rest and recover, then you risk making the injury much worse. Discuss when you can get back in the saddle with your doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist and make sure you heed their advice. You may be able to modify exercise so you can still get some movement into your day, but don’t overdo it.

You’ve Had Surgery

When your surgeon tells you not to exercise for a certain amount of time after surgery, they’re not just saying that to hear themselves speak. Your body is working hard to repair itself after surgery, so make sure you follow any directions given to you after surgery. Once you’ve recovered, you can get back to it!

You’re Sick

Look, you’re going to get sick – it happens to everyone. If you’re suffering from a stuffy nose or a sore throat, chances are you’re OK to get in some exercise (as long as you listen to your body and stop if you feel worse). But if you’re experiencing stomach problems, body aches, problems breathing or anything below the neck, then you need to rest. Rest is totally warranted when you’re sick and your body actually does need rest to recover. So, binge on some Netflix, drink plenty of water, and have a rest!

Missing a workout is not the end of the world. Cut yourself just enough slack and soon you'll realize that it's healthy to skip a workout sometimes!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mansfield, Tex. 


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