When it comes to reaping the benefits of exercise, consistency is key. But sometimes even the best-laid plans can go awry when life-sickness, stress, PMS-gets in the way. Because it can be tough to figure out when you should or shouldn't hit the gym, we consulted the experts to get their take on a variety of tricky situations. Read on to find out when it's OK (and even advisable) to break a sweat, and when it's better to wait it out.
1. You have a hangover. Had a few too many glasses of wine last night? Now is the time to take it easy. According to Rick Mayo, owner of North Point Personal Training in Roswell, Georgia, "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." It's also important to consider how bad your hangover is: If you're absolutely miserable, just make it a rest day. Otherwise, go for a walk or try another form of low-keyRead More »from When to Exerciseâ€”and When to Skip It