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When You Should Not Work Out

By Sara Butler

The general rule of thumb is that you should make sure to get your body moving and stick to your workout schedule no matter what. But as with most other things in life, there are exceptions to this rule. In fact, there are times when the last thing you should do is exercise. Here are a few scenarios where a rest day (or days) is the best course of action.

You're Running a Temperature

Sometimes slipping in a workout when you're not feeling your best isn't a big deal, but when you have a fever, then it's time to stay at home. That's because a fever is an indication that the illness you have is starting to impact your entire body. Plus, exercise will raise your body temperature, which when combined with a fever can cause you to suffer from a heat-related complication on top of your original illness.

When you have a fever you need to rest so that your body can use its energy to fight against what is ailing you. If you exercise when you have a fever, then you can stay sicker for longer and it could be longer before you're ready to get back to your normal workout routine.

You're Not Sleeping Well

Regular exercise can help you sleep and if you tossed and turned last night and didn't get enough shut-eye, then a workout may be just the thing you need to get back on track. But if you're really sleep-deprived, as in you have several nights of poor sleep behind you, then exercise may not be the best option. There's a chance that exercise could start to have a negative impact on your health if you're doing it after several days of not sleeping so great. Rest instead and help get your sleep back on a healthy track.

You're Skipping Important Social Events

When you've really got your workout routine down pat it can be tough to put it on the back-burner in order to keep going strong when you receive an invite, but that's why you should not neglect your social life. Give yourself permission to skip workouts when something important is happening in your social circles such as a friend visiting from out of town or there's a party you want to go to. Exercise is important, but so is a balanced life.

There are exceptions to every rule and when it comes to your exercise program, there's no reason to stick with it no matter what. Sometimes you really do need to listen to your body and give it a rest.

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

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