One of the most common reasons women use to justify not working out is that they have a headache. That excuse might not work for you anymore, because recent research has found that exercising can actually decrease headache pain. Regular exercise has been shown to decrease the frequency and duration of headaches. However, high impact exercises should be avoided if you are experiencing a headache at the time of your workout. Tension headaches, chronic migraine headaches and menstrual headaches are types of headaches that would benefit from moderate exercise. Neurologists suggest that if you are taking up exercise to reduce you headaches, you should exercise in the morning rather than the evening.Back pain is something many of us experience, but should it be the reason you skip your workout? As long as you aren’t stretching the muscles that are experiencing pain in a way that they are over extended or in which they are being pulled in the wrong way, exercising shouldn’t be a problem. In fact, certain types of exercise and stretches can actually reduce your back pain if you frequently have pain. If it is hurting so much that you cannot comfortably stand or walk, it is best to skip the workout and try to relieve the pain with at-home treatment. If your pain does not subside over the next day or two, it would be a good idea to consult your doctor.

Another common reason we use to justify not working out is that you didn’t get enough sleep the night before. This one depends on how much you regularly work out. If you’re in the gym everyday consistently pushing yourself to the limit, your body could be trying to tell you to give it a rest for a day. If you don’t exercise that often, not getting enough sleep the night before shouldn’t be an excuse to skip a workout. In fact, a good workout can help ensure you get a good night’s sleep that night.

If you decide you’re not working out today because you’re stressed out, you should definitely reconsider this decision. This is because exercise has been proven to actually reduce stress. Take whatever it is that is stressing you out and turn it into fuel for your workout! Try a kickboxing class if you really want to get those negative vibes out of your system. After your workout, you’ll feel good about yourself and be ready for a much needed restful night’s sleep.

While some people will stick to their workout no matter what, even if they have a cold, others are weary of exerting their body’s abilities when they do feel under the weather. You might wonder if exercising while you have a cold will make the cold worse or increase its duration. A good rule of thumb to go by is that it is safe to workout if your cold symptoms are above the neck. This means as long as your body feels up to it, you can continue your normal exercise routine if you have nasal congestion, a sore throat, sneezing or a runny nose, but not if you have chest congestion, a fever, upset stomach or widespread muscles aches and pains.

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