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When it comes to reaping the benefits of exercise, consistency is of course key. But at http://Thatsfit.com they understand that we`re just human after all and sometimes even the best-laid plans can go awry when stress, PMS or a hangover gets in the way. It can be tough to figure out when you should or shouldn`t hit the gym. Thats why Tori Rodriguez from Womans Day consulted some experts to get their take on when you should(nt) do intense working out.
+ Have a hangover? A light workout can help clear your head. However, your electrolytes are typically pretty out of balance after a night of drinking, and a sweaty workout can make it worse. Its also important to consider how bad your hangover is: If youre absolutely miserable, just make it a rest day. Otherwise, go for a walk or try another form of low-key cardio, just dont forget to replenish your fluids.
+ Are you under the weather? Light exercise can help ease congestion from a cold, but if you have a cough or fever, its best to sit it out until the illness passes.
+ Did you just eat? You know that its not ideal to exercise while youre completely full, but a low-intensity workout like easy cycling or walking is fine on a full stomach.
+ Are you on your period? Generally, exercise can ease period-related symptoms, and a study that appeared last year in the European Journal of Applied Physiology found that exercise performance wasnt affected during any of the phases of a womans menstrual cycle. However, a heavy cycle can result in low iron levels, which may increase fatigue, so be sure to adjust the intensity of your session based on your energy level.
+ Are you stressed? A good workout will help you relax mentally. Psychophysiology and Biofeedback found yoga was associated with decreased levels of performance anxiety. However, it may take some experimenting to figure out the most effective stress buster for you personally, whether its calming yoga or high-intensity cardio.