We have all been there. You create a workout schedule, you stick to it pretty well, but you wake up one day and it's the last thing you want to do. You didn't get enough sleep the night before, you're hungover, you kind of have a headache, there are so many excuses in the world that we can use to not work out. And while some of them seem valid, a lot of the time it's just our minds playing tricks on us.
We know how good we'll feel after we get a workout in, so why do we sometimes dread it? Even a badass like Jillian Michaels doesn't want to work out all the time, but she does. Because there are only a few valid excuses to not work out and laziness isn't one of them! If you're looking to get that summer body ready but can't seem to peel your eyes away from Netflix, then this article is for you.
Working out shouldn't be a chore, but it is to a lot of people. So next time you're looking for an excuse to not work out, think deep if it's really valid because the only person you're letting down is yourself! Here are 6 valid excuses to skip your workout for the day:
You have an injury
It happens to the best of us. No matter how careful you are, somehow you get injured from working out and it's normal to an extent. If you pulled something in your shoulder, or you just overdid it in the gym and your hamstring is aching, chances are you won't have the best workout anyways. While stretching before and after a workout is so important, it's also important to rest when it's needed. If you can carry on with a hurt body part and just do another workout not using that part of your body, go for it! But usually, if you hurt something while working out, it's best to just rest.
Your entire body is sore
If your arms are just sore, you can work out your legs and vice versa. However, if you did a full body workout and it hurt to get out of bed, you definitely need the day off. Sometimes being too sore is a sign from your body that it needs rest, and that doesn't entirely mean just sitting on the couch all day eating your weight in junk food. You can take an active rest day and just go on a walk, or go to a yoga class to stretch out your muscles! But at the end of the day, it's your call how sore you are. Listen to your body!
You feel under the weather
They say if you are experiencing any sickness from the neck down, you should not work out. However, again, it's best to listen to your body. I personally cannot work out with a head cold, so I don't! Usually when you're sick it's your bodies way of telling you to slow down, and it's totally okay to take a couple/a few days off if you're fighting something. But as soon as the sickness is gone, get back into it!
You have really bad period cramps
I know a lot of people say that working out helps period cramps, but for some, that's the last thing you want to do. And it's totally okay to take the first day of your period off if you are experiencing period pain. While getting up, taking a walk or even just doing your regular workout routine would help your cramps, it also is beneficial to relax, take a bath and go to bed early.
You didn't get enough sleep
This one is actually valid! While working out on 5 hours of sleep isn't going to do anything, anything less than that is a no. You're already exhausted and overtired, which means you may be more prone to injuries. Sleep is way more important for you than a workout, but don't think "I didn't sleep well" will be an excuse forever. You can get a sleep app that tracks your sleep, and if you're super tired but it says you got 6+ hours, head to the gym! If you were awake all night tossing and turning, skip the gym or do some light yoga before bed.
You are torn between plans and working out
If your day is jam packed and you are considering ditching your later plans to get in a workout, don't be silly. One missed workout won't derail your progress, I promise! Plans with friends and family are so much more important and actually more beneficial than a leg workout. If you're super set on working out, add it into your workout the next day so you're not technically missing a day of working out. You'll survive!