5 Exercise Excuses – BUSTED!

woman doing lateral press(BlackDoctor.org) — None of us needs another excuse not to exercise. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 50% less likely to engage in physical activity than are whites. But sometimes, there are some valid reasons to sit out a session or two.

“The key is to be able to listen to your body and the cues it is giving you and decide if exercise is right at that time,” says Katie Rothstein, MS, a Cleveland Clinic exercise physiologist.

Before you decide to forego the gym for the couch, check your excuse against some expert advice.

“I’m sick.”

If you have a fever your body’s immune system is working hard to get rid of infection and the stress of exercise can be too much. When you have a fever your body fluids decrease and it’s probably best to stay home, rest and drink plenty of fluids.