When you commit to a program or workout series, it is always with the best of intentions. You know you are going to rock every single workouts and see amazing results in the end, right?
However, there are times when skipping your workout is actually the healthy choice.
So, when is a good time to skip your workout:
- When you are injured or are at risk of getting injured
There is just absolutely no point in working out if you have hurt yourself. The last thing you want to do is make your injury worse. Yes, if you hurt your lower body, you can stick to upper body workouts or workouts that won’t exhaust your injury, however, it is always best done with the blessing of a doctor. You will only make the healing process longer if you make the injury worse.
- When you are sick
Sure, if you have a light cold, go ahead. But if you are hacking your way through your workout, give your body a break. Let your energy flow to the parts of your body that need to heal instead of putting it into an intense workout. If you absolutely feel the need to move, your body would benefit from something lower intensity like a walk outside or yoga.
- When your doctor tells you to
Listen to your doctor. They know what’s up. If an illness, injury, pregnancy (ahem) or whatever else is making you question whether you should bang out a workout- ask. If your doctor says no, listen to them. It doesn’t mean forever. Talk about what you can and can’t do and make sure you know your boundaries.
- When you risk derailing your whole program
There have been programs that I have started (and almost finished) that were honestly, just too intense for me. I prided myself in fitting in each workout when I should have pulled a day or so a week in order to finish. I burned out and needed weeks to recover. Had I just been honest about how my body was feeling, instead of insisting that I push through, I may have actually finished the program.
- When it is taking away more than it is giving
There are times when a workout is just not healthy for you. Not every program or fitness regime is for everyone. If a program is too intense and you are risking injury every day, find something that works better for you. That is the joy of Beachbody and something like their All-Access Beachbody on Demand subscription. When you sign up, you get access to everything. If you pick a program that is not working for you for one reason or another, you have the option of picking from hundreds of other workouts that will be a better fit. Make sure you are listening to your body and focusing on what your goals are. Harder is not always better.
Have you ever had to quit a program or wish that you did? I would love to hear about it! Tell me in the comments below.
Until next time,