5 Trainer-Approved Reasons to Skip a Workout
If you’re trying to stick to a fitness plan, you know the hardest part about working out is actually getting yourself to the gym. When it’s time to head to your sweat destination of choice, it’s not uncommon or hard to come up with any number of reasons why you can’t go. But there are actual legit situations (AKA not when your couch is calling) where skipping a workout can be good for you and even better than pushing through that spin class; after all, the gym will always be there tomorrow. We chatted with Brian Zehetner, Planet Fitness’s Director of Health & Fitness on when you shouldn’t feel guilty about missing a sweat sesh.
1. You’re feeling under the weather. It’s really common to wonder if you should go to the gym when you’re feeling sick, and according to Zehetner, the answer is mostly simple. “If you’re not feeling 100 percent, but your illness is limited to a simple head cold, you’re probably fine to get in a modest workout. I call this the ‘above the neck, what the heck’ rule. However, if you have a fever, body aches, or stomach issues, you might want to park it on the couch and stay home.” Seems pretty simple to us! “Despite these general guidelines,” he adds, “I’ll offer my own two cents: if I’m healthy and working out, I’d prefer to do so next to those that aren’t sneezing and coughing the entire time. Therefore, I would prefer that you stay home!” Fair enough.
You just ate a TON or you haven’t eaten at all yet.
“You can certainly work out if you haven’t eaten beforehand, but depending on how long it’s been since your last meal or snack, you may find that your energy level, and therefore your intensity level, will suffer as a result. If the opposite is true and you’ve eaten a large meal prior to your workout, you may end up feeling sluggish.” Blerg. “The reasoning behind this is pretty simple: When you consume food, a good portion of your blood volume gets shunted to your GI tract to help the digestive process along. If you decide to start exercising right away, that same blood gets shunted back to your extremities to help with muscular contractions and plenty else. This slows the digestive process greatly and leaves you with a bloated feeling at best and potentially some serious stomach upset at worst. In the end, meal timing is critical.” If you’re not sure what’s ideal to eat before and after your workout, we’ve got you covered.