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If you google exercise excuses you can pull up hundreds if not thousands or articles about how to beat excuses to work out. Heck, I’ve even written one myself. But the truth is, it’s okay to skip workouts. We live in a culture that values the no excuses attitude. But that mentality can lead to one of two extremes – hating exercise because it feels like something you have to do or never feeling like you’re never doing enough and completely over exercising. So instead, let’s change the perspective around exercise.
I’m a believer in joyful movement, that means that you workout because you want to. You move your body in whatever way feels good to you. There is no right or wrong way and there is no obligation. But in order to fully believe in joyful movement, you also have to give yourself permission to not work out. There are excuses to skip a workout and sometimes, you just need to listen to them.
You don’t feel like it
Guess what? If you don’t feel like working out…you don’t have to. The earth won’t end. You will not gain weight immediately. You will not lose all your muscle mass. Nothing bad will happen.
It’s okay to not feel motivated on a particular day. No one is motivated every single day. It’s even okay to drive yourself all the way to the gym and then turn around and head home. If your heart isn’t in it. Then don’t do it. If it won’t be joyful for you, then just skip it.
If you’re sick, you don’t have to google when it’s okay to skip your workout. The answer is very simple, if you feel like a bag of crap…skip your workout!
It doesn’t matter if your cold is in your head or your chest. You know your body more than google or a blog post does. You will likely get better quicker if you allow yourself time to rest anyway. Plus mucus and a workout is not cute on anyone and no one needs you spreading your germs around a gym or fitness class.
Don’t feel like showering
This is probably my personal favourite “excuse” to not work out. When you’re a girl, showering means a lot more than a quick 5 minute hop in and hop out like guys can pull off. It can be a full ordeal of makeup reapplication, blow drying, etc. Sometimes a dry shampoo and a little extra perfume can cut it but sometimes it doesn’t.
I like to have the foresight to schedule my workouts around times when I know I can shower or when I don’t have an event to get to afterward but sometimes life happens and last minute plans pop up. It’s okay to skip your workout if you don’t have the time to do the full shower routine afterward. I’d rather skip my workout than bail on a friend for dinner. Exercise is important but it should not rule your life either.
Don’t have the time
This is probably the number one excuse to not workout. I think everyone has time to workout and it’s all about prioritizing, arranging your schedule and making a commitment. However, some weeks are busier than others. Sometimes you literally don’t have the time to squeeze in a workout unless you’re willing to get up at the crack of dawn to do it. If figuring out when to fit in your workout is causing undue stress or anxiety then just quit thinking about it and skip it. It’s one week or one workout. It will be okay.
Just like being sick, sometimes you’re just too tired to workout. Perhaps you had a terrible sleep. Perhaps you stayed up late the night before. Or perhaps you’re just having one of those days where you feel like you’re dragging.
Workouts can be really energizing and often when I’m tired it actually helps. But sometimes it doesn’t. I like to go for a short walk and if it wakes me up and I feel like working out then great but if I still don’t feel like it, then that’s okay too.
Overall, just remember that movement should be joyful. There shouldn’t be guilt associated with skipping a workout. Your schedule shouldn’t give you anxiety. You shouldn’t dread heading to the gym. If this is happening, you’re probably not moving for the right reasons. Think about what your reasons are for working out. Find what makes you feel good and give yourself unconditional permission to move however you want, whenever you want. It’s your body and you don’t have to answer to anyone but yourself.
Do you give yourself permission to skip a workout?
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