4 signs your body is asking you to skip your workout today

Are you someone who’s a gym freak and doesn’t like to miss even a single day? Well, if your body is giving you these 4 signs, then it’s time to listen and skip that workout today.
Reducing stress may help with improving fitness level. Image courtesy: Unsplash
Geetika Sachdev Published: 21 Oct 2020, 10:41 am IST
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We all know how important it is to move your body, and pack in exercise as much as you can! But that doesn’t mean you become obsessed with it, and give yourself no rest. Over exercising is as harmful as not doing any form of exercise. It is important to remember that a workout gives you the best results, when you’re in the mood for it!

Occasionally, we all need that nudge to move out of our laziness and step into the workout zone. But there are times when your body gives you signs to skip your gym routine, and if that’s the case, you better listen to it! If you don’t pay heed to these signs, you are going to do more harm than good to your body.

So without further ado, let’s understand some important signs or the times when you must skip that workout!

1. You are extremely stressed

We’ve all been through those days when there’s so much to juggle, and it leaves you feeling extremely stressed and tired! There’s no denying that exercise relieves stress, but not always. It is at this point that you must listen to your body.

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Stress won’t help you focus on exercise. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

When you work out, your heart rate goes up, and when you’re already stressed, that’s something you would want to avoid. Plus when you are dealing with paucity of time, squeezing a gym sesh can turn out to be really too much for you!

2. You are sleep deprived

If diet and exercise are important for your body, so is sleep. And if you don’t get proper winks at night, then you are bound to feel exhausted. That’s why it is more important to hit the sack than the gym! That’s because if you are sleep-deprived, your body will not perform as highly as it should, and that also makes you more prone to injury. Instead, sleep well and rest your body, and return to the gym the next day!

3. You’re feeling sick

If you’re feeling feverish or not upto the mark, then it’s best to skip exercise. Experts suggest that if you feel there’s pain coming from above the neck, you can still work out. But if the pain is below the neck, skipping the gym is a good idea. And if you have fever, then exercising shouldn’t even cross your mind. Because even if you work hard in the gym, you won’t benefit at all—instead, your body will be more dehydrated!

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There is no point of exercising if you are sick. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
4. You’re really sore

There are several times we indulge in an intense workout, and then end up with sore muscles? Generally, that feeling passes in a few hours, but if you wake up feeling extreme soreness the next morning, then it’s time to take a day off!

According to Gregory Marcolin, PT, director of Physical Therapy at OceanView Rehabilitation, dull ache, soreness, and/or sickly sensation that you feel in your muscles following the performance of a new or restart of an exercise routine (specifically strength training) is referred to as delay onset muscle soreness or DOMS.

If you still push your body and don’t rest it out, then your body will take longer to heal and you might have to skip many more sessions. Now that’s something you don’t want, right?


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So ladies, it’s great to work that body, but not when it’s asking you to slow down!

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