When To Postpone Workout
We all know that working out is good for our body and health, but there are times when you need to postpone your workout routine.
Sometimes pushing yourself too hard when you’re not feeling well might not be such a good idea.
You should always listen to your body and follow the signals it sends you, and when you need to stop – just STOP.
Why and for what reason?
Well, these are the most common reasons you should postpone workout if you experience:
If you are not feeling so good and you are “under the weather”, there is a big chance your body is fighting some kind of illness.
Maybe you have fever, cold or even a flu, and most certainly you must stay home and cure yourself.
Working out vigorously when facing an illness, sore throat, nausea, gastrointestinal problems, severe aches or pain, can make the symptoms much worse and potentially lead to a longer healing period.
In case you have all these symptoms, don’t even think to go to the gym.
Wait until you feel better and then make your comeback – but in a slower manner.
Start with light intensity exercise and shorter duration for a few weeks, until you feel OK and good to go as you used to.
Remember, your body is still in a healing process,and let it get cured 100% before you kick in again.
Your body speaks to you through pain.
It is signalling there is a problem you should pay attention to, and most likely, you may experience either chronic or acute pain.
Acute pain most often comes as a result of a single or immediate trauma, like a sprained ankle, and chronic pain is the persistence of pain you experience, even after the normal amount of healing time passed.
Acute pain is an immediate sign to stop exercising.
Any attempts to push through these sensations during a workout will only worsen the problem and delay the healing process.
Don’t play with this as it might get much serious.
While experiencing chronic pain of any kind, it is good if you talk to your health care provider to give you advice for physical activities.
Don’t push yourself.
This is really a time to postpone workout plans for a while.
Most often, heavy breathing, increased heart rate, sweating, muscle burning or fatigue, can be side effects of your workout tempo.
They generally don’t fall under the term “pain” since they are related to physical exertion.
A normal response to vigorous exercise regime is heavy breathing. A healthy person’s breathing gradually returns to normal shortly after the effort ends.
But, if you have still trouble breathing, it could be an indication you may have some kind of a respiratory condition, circulatory problem or you have pushed beyond your limits.
Take it easy.
Still, if you are gasping for air even during minimal effort being unable to catch your breath – is a sign of a bigger problem you may have.
In case you have asthma flare ups
It is good idea to skip your workout for a couple of days and see a doctor if symptoms are still present. If you have your asthma under control, and your doctor has approved your wish to continue to exercise, then it is OK.
Just make sure to start slowly and warm up for at least 10 minutes.
Low to moderate intensity workout, intermittent exercise, or indoor swimming are good idea if you have asthma issues caused by exercising.
If you can’t catch your breath or feel tired and weak, stop exercising, and get your asthma treatment right away. Take your inhaler to the gym or use it prior exercise.
Take care of yourself.
If you begin to feel you are about to faint during a workout session, stop exercising immediately, so you can avoid passing out.
Feeling dizzy may occur due to possible cardiovascular, respiratory or other metabolic problem(blood sugar).
Change your position and lie down to prevent falling, allowing blood to reach the brain faster.
This condition may go away shortly, but, if it still persists while working out, you should definitely be checked by a physician.
Postpone workout while you discover the reasons for such dizziness.
In case you recently had a concussion
Do NOT exercise, or participate in any sport until your doctor says it is safe to do so, even if you feel perfectly OK. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury and you need to rest, while your brain is in still in a healing process.
If you’ve had a concussion, and you still exercise, you may impose your health to a great risk. Experiencing another head trauma when already healing from a concussion – may lead to potential catastrophic damage.
Give it up for a while.
This is highly severe bodily sign.
The problem is when people aren’t aware they have some kind of a heart issue, until they experience the warning signs of chest pain, pressure or discomfort.
For some, a workout might be the first time these symptoms manifest.
But, if you experience them during a workout session, it is a clear indicator you should stop exercising immediately and seek ASAP medical attention, as this could be a sign of a potentially life-threatening condition.
In addition to a chest pain, these symptoms may follow: back pain discomfort, jaw stiffness, nausea or headache.
All of these symptoms need immediate attention and treatment from a health care professional so you could save your life on time.
Many don’t workout under supervision of a gym professional and easily get hurt. Especially the back. There are certain rules for heavy lifting or back extension you should follow, so you can avoid certain back issues.
If you have already hurt your back, postpone workout. You should definitely take it easy for a couple of days and see if your back feels better.
Pay attention to what makes the pain better or worse: bending or twisting…and try to avoid those movements for a while, so you can promote the healing process.
In case the pain is persistent, you definitely need to see a doctor.
If you have sore muscles or joints from too much effort, give it a rest for a few days, until they get back to normal. And when you do continue, start easy with simple walking on a treadmill.
Overdoing will bring nothing but pain, so don’t push out of your limits.
Everyone has them, even you.
You need to talk to your doctor and see if he/she will allow physical activities. Walking, yoga and swimming with low-to-moderate rhythm are beneficial during pregnancy.
Avoid exercises that strain your back and belly, keep hydrated, take breaks whenever needed and avoid getting overheated.
Avoid exercises such as winter skiing, water skiing, bicycling, or horse riding, due to the risk of falls and abdominal injuries.
Don’t jeopardize both health: yours and your baby’s.
The Come Back
After you have experienced some kind of illness or injury, don’t rush to come back fast. It takes a lot of energy to maintain muscle strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health.
How to start again
Many factors are determining how quickly you can return to exercise after an absence from the gym: the length of your break, your age and previous fitness level.
The more physically fit you were before your break, the more quickly you will be able to return to your previous level of activity, and if you had a long-term illness, check with your doctor about any exercise limitations prior you continue.
Walking is a great way to start, and as you slowly gain your strength more, you can increase the velocity of walking.
There is always a fine line between pushing yourself and pushing yourself too hard.
If you need to stop working out for a while – do it.
Your health is more precious the one gym session, don’t you think so?
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