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The Completely Legitimate Reasons for Skipping Your Workout

You’re dedicated to physical fitness. Every week, you have a set gym routine and you stick to it. Nothing can get you off your game — that is until something happens that throws your schedule out of whack. The good news is, it’s OK to skip your workout every now and then. You don’t have to feel bad about not showing up to your gym class or foregoing your at-home workout in some situations. So, stop having that guilt party, and rest assured that you’re perfectly normal.

Here are six completely legitimate reasons for skipping your workout.

1. You’re sick

Woman blowing her nose on tissue

Woman blowing her nose on tissue If you’re highly contagious or have a fever, do everyone a favor and stay home. | iStock.com/Wavebreakmedia

If you’re not feeling well, don’t push yourself to workout. You’ll not only feel worse but also put the health of others at risk. It’s best to stay home and take care of yourself so you can avoid prolonging your illness or getting other gym goers sick.

Some experts say it’s perfectly fine to exercise if you have a mild cold, but if you have a highly contagious illness, such as the flu, or if you have a fever, you need to stay home. Sports medicine expert Lewis G. Maharam told WebMD that the real danger lies in raising your internal body temperature. “The danger is exercising and raising your body temperature internally if you already have a fever, because that can make you even sicker,” said Maharam.

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