When Not to Exercise
Are you too sick, tired, or sore to work out -- or are you slacking off?
Your Old Sports Injury Is Bothering You
Skip the workout and see your doctor. This is usually not a good sign,
especially if you have pain during activity, Rice says. Sudden pain requires
immediate medical attention.
You Didn't Sleep Last Night and Now You're Too Tired to Exercise
Get out of bed and get moving. “A morning workout may be just what you need
after a restless night to boost your energy level and get you ready for the
day,” Rothstein says. But if you're always fatigued -- not just a bit tired,
but to the point of not being able to function -- skip the workout and see your
doctor. Extreme or persistent fatigue can be a sign of illness.
You Felt a Sharp Pain the Last Time You Worked Out
Do not work out until you see a doctor to rule out an injury. If you
exercise anyway, you may make the injury worse. “Although it is expected to
feel soreness after you work out, it is never OK to feel pain,” Rice says.
Your Back Hurts
Take it easy for a few days and see if your back feels better. Pay attention
to what makes the pain better or worse: Does bending or twisting cause you to
squirm or say ouch? Try to avoid those movements to promote healing,
Rothstein says. If your pain continues or interferes with your daily
activities, see your doctor.
Your Muscles Are Sore
You can go to the gym, but make it a light-intensity workout, such as walking instead of
running. It's also OK to skip your workout and rest, if the soreness is too
severe. And if your muscles are super sore because you overdid it the
last time you exercised, make a point of making your workouts more reasonable.
You don't want your fitness habit to become a flash in the pan.
Ask your doctor about a safe exercise program.
Yoga, swimming, walking, and other low-impact and moderate-intensity
exercises can be very beneficial during
pregnancy. Be sure to stay hydrated, take breaks, and avoid getting
overheated. Avoid exercises that strain your back and belly, Rice says.
Exercises that are off limits during pregnancy include contact sports and
activities such as skiing, water skiing, bicycling, and horseback riding, due
to the risk of falls and abdominal injury.
It's Been a Rough Week and You're Wiped Out
Exercise may help cut your stress and boost your energy. So put on your gym
clothes and start a moderate workout. “After 10 or 15 minutes, chances are you
will feel fine and want to continue,” Rothstein says.
Don't Rush Your Comeback
Don’t dive right back into your regular exercise routine after being
sidelined by an illness or injury.