If I've had only a few hours of sleep, should I force myself to go to the gym, or skip it?

Dec 12 / Build Muscle

Jim, Temple, TX asked:

If I've had only a few hours of sleep, should I force myself to go to the gym, or skip it?

Answer:

Take a pass. You don't need the added stress of a workout. Stress is cumulative--whether it's put on your body through training or by the demands of work and relationships. Remember, the goal of training should be to optimize health over a lifetime--elite bodies aren't built in a day. Manage your workouts based on long-term perspective, not short-term insecurity.