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10 Reasons It’s Okay to Skip Your Workout

There are so many listicles in magazines and on the internet telling you all the reasons you should workout. Many of those lists even contain some accurate information. But we don’t tend to get a very balanced perspective from them.

Here are ten perfectly good reasons you are under no obligation to workout today:

  1. You’re sick or injured.
  2. You have amenorrhea and you’re trying to get your period back.
  3. You’re too busy with other stuff.
  4. You need some sleep.
  5. You need a recovery day–or a recovery week.
  6. You made plans with friends or loved ones.
  7. It’s too nice of a day to be inside the gym.
  8. You’d rather do more casual movement, like dancing or going for a walk.
  9. Something comes up spur of the moment.
  10. You realize you’re doing it out of guilt rather than because it truly sounds appealing.
  11. Any reason, tbh. You don’t need my permission to skip a workout.

Read this and still want to workout? Great! Then go for it. I just did a workout because I felt like moving my body, and I feel good.

But you aren’t me. And the me I am tomorrow won’t be the me I am today. So do what you need to do.

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  1. Kaylee says:

    Love number 11! šŸ˜œ
    Thanks for the reminder !

  2. Cora says:

    #3, #7, #8… those have been the surprisingly most powerful battlers against my “must work out” brain. When I’m stressed with “too much to do” I know a work out will just feel AWFUL because the whole time I’ll be stressed about the time I’m not using to get done all I need to do…

    Thank you for the reminders.

  3. Love this little reminder. I’m currently sitting on my very sore butt and planning the luscious rest day I will take tomorrow, even though I’d previously scheduled a Hiit and lower body workout. HA, as if!

  4. This! With all the “no excuses” articles out there, it’s important to remember that we don’t owe anybody an excuse for not working out. Once again, I do think this idea is more prominent in the US than over here and I’m still trying to find out why.
    After taking a prolonged period of time off from formal workouts, I’m slowly easing back into it but making an effort to not fall back into obsession. There’s still a little voice in my head telling me it’s laziness rather than precaution but I’m trying to ignore it.
    #4 is a reason so very valid – well, they all are – yet I’m sure many people push on nevertheless.

  5. Love this! My Thursdays are my crazy all over the place busy days and while trying to map out my schedule, I had to stop and ask myself “will working out on Thursdays detract from or add to the stress in my life?” Sometimes, it’s a nice change of pace from classes and studying, but I decided that at least for the time being, not working out on Thursdays will help me be a happier, healthier person.

    I feel like I should print out your list of reasons and tape it next to my running shoes–maybe I will!

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