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March 15, 2017 by
Jay Medley
Especially during the winter when colds and flu seem to run rampant and germs are hard to avoid, it can be tough to create a healthy balance between working out and getting an adequate amount of rest during these trying months.

However, attaining that level of symmetry is not only possible but it is important to your well-being as well, making it an important thing to focus on. Take a look at some of our best tips for figuring out when to rest versus when to keep on plugging along on your workout routine.

How to Cultivate A Healthy Workout-Rest Balance

If you’re sick…If you’re not feeling well, it’s important to decipher whether or not you should be working out. Generally, if your symptoms are above the neck – meaning just a runny or stuffy nose and sneezing – you are okay to lightly workout, but nothing too rigorous.

If you have any further symptoms – such as any respiratory infection or fever – it is better to skip your workout and get the rest your body needs to recover.

When you’ve skipped lunch three days in a row…we get it, you’re dedicated to your fitness. However, skipping lunch, especially day in and day out, in order to squeeze in a workout actually isn’t doing your body any favors.

Going to workout on an empty stomach devoid of energy is not a productive workout that will merit any real results. Be sure to get adequate nutrition before a workout and to take a break if you are finding yourself choosing between the two.

When you’re constantly tired…find yourself yawning all day and needing that extra espresso shot to make it through work? Well, you may need to take a day or two off from hitting the gym after your alarm goes off.

While light to moderate exercise can do wonders for your energy levels, chronic fatigue can be your body’s way of showing you that you need a rest.

If you’re finding that you’re tired often, try mixing up your schedule so that you have some off days or work out at different times throughout the week in order to ensure you’re getting enough z’s.

You’re killing it at the gym…while this may seem like a weird tip, even if you’ve been training really hard and feeling great, it could mean it’s time for a rest day.

Prolonged intense training can lead to muscle soreness as well as a training plateau, which will – in the end – do you more harm than good.

Reward yourself for your accomplishments by giving your body an occasional break and you will be able to come back stronger than ever with a replenished energy supply.

Giving your body the rest it needs while maintaining a healthy balance of exercise and activity is an important part of your fitness journey. While we don’t condone making excuses to duck out of a workout, everyone deserves a rest day, and it can do wonders for your body.

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