May 12, 2021

5 Reasons Why You Cancel Your Fitness Routine

Whether you choose your fitness routine for weight loss reasons or because it boosts your mood, everybody understands the importance of remaining consistent. The last thing you want is to lose your motivation or good results because you can’t stick to your routine. 


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However, it doesn’t mean that your fitness routine should prevail at all times. Sometimes, you just need to skip your fitness workout. But more often than not, you’d be surprised to know that guilt is more harmful than lack of consistency. Indeed, it’s okay to give yourself, so room to breathe when fitness isn’t right. Here are 5 reasons why people skip a workout and why it’s okay. 

#1. You’re stressed out
Sometimes, life gets in the way. Whether it’s work or your relationship, we all have moments when we feel crushed by stress. Stress is harmful to your mental and physical health. Some people rely on sport as a coping mechanism to manage chronic stress. But when you’re facing unexpected pressure, fitness may not be the correct answer for you. Indeed, when you feel overwhelmed by negative feelings, you might find learning to meditate and relax is more effective than running on a treadmill. 

#2. You’re in pain
Consistency is key with fitness. But overdoing it comes at a cost. Your muscles need time to recover. Unfortunately, if you schedule too many workouts or constantly push the same muscle groups, you could develop soreness and weaknesses. In the long term, over-training can lead to injury as you can’t maintain your mobility and posture through the pain. If you are concerned about losing all the benefits of working out when you rest, you can introduce active rest days with yoga or pilates for mobility. Athletes like to add functional recovery exercises with mobility tape such as the Kinesio tape original to promote gentle recovery without putting too much pressure on the muscles. 


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#3. You don’t have time
We’ve all heard that not having time is no excuse when it comes to fitness. But, in reality, it is a perfectly valid excuse. Life can throw something unexpected at you that needs to take priority. And there’s nothing wrong with postponing your workout to handle something more urgent or important at the time. Ultimately, the idea of a fitness routine is to empower you and make you feel better. At no point should your fitness routine lead to an increased amount of stress because it stops you from tackling sudden emergencies. 

#4. You’re tired
Physical activities help boost your metabolism and make you more energetic. However, it is a long-term process. You don’t gain energy instantly after working out. If you are already exhausted after a short night or a long day, it doesn’t make sense to prioritise exercise over rest. Your body needs to replenish its energy, and it’s not going to feel any better if you skip rest. 

#5. You’re feeling sick
While you can find advice online recommending when it’s safe to exercise despite health issues. But the truth is that your body needs rest to recover its health. Working out will only use up the energy you could use to heal instead! 

Working out is important for your mental and physical health. However, working out at the cost of your health is not the way forward. Sickness, injuries, or even high stress can interfere with your fitness routine. And that’s okay! You are allowed to take a break when you need it! You will come back even stronger to your next workout. 



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9 comments:

  1. I can super relate. I paused working out the past weeks. Life happens so eto, getting back to the groove ulit. We need a break sometimes! :)

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  2. Kurt EverfreshMay 26, 2021

    It is indeed hard to go to gym when your stress or have no time or something more important came in. Need to know your priority first.

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  3. Its true. Be fair to yourself when you feel that it's time to cut down on your fitness routine. Get rest to come back soon, so your body renewed its strength.

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  4. No. 3, 4 and 5 sakin. I always vow to re-start and No. 3, 4 and 5 happens again. Oh, aging happens. But of course, it should not be an excuse.

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  5. Not me reading this when I have the will to go back in working out again! :D But I have to agree on this list. If it's already stressing you out, siguro it's best to take a break na talaga.

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  6. I am guilty of this. Especially I'm too lazy to do fitness, and my only fitness activity is walking for few blocks, and around our nearby park.

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  7. Super guilty of pushing myself to do a workout even when i dont feel so good. I guess i should be more easy on myself you know? Exercise and workout out really isn’t a priority hahaha

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  8. Ako wala talagang time gusto ko man talagang pagtuunan kaso pagod na ko sa everyday routine ko. Pero sana sipagin na talaga ako.

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  9. yeaaah i actually stopped working out one time when i feel like something is hurting sa hind leg ko and usually after I get my period ang tagal bago bumalik yung urge ko mag exercise!

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