Getting in a workout is great for your health, but everything else you do for your health — from the food you eat to the medications you take — can impact how effective that sweat session is. Both common over-the-counter drugs and prescription medications can affect your exercise routine in unexpected ways, which is why it's incredibly important to check the instructions about interactions and potential side effects for every drug you take — even if you've taken it a thousand times and think you know it backwards. They could be messing with your workout in ways you'd never think of.
Exertion in the shape of intense physical activity impacts many different parts of the human body, from breathing and cardiovascular systems to muscles and tendons, and the effects of exercise might change depending on what medications you're taking. While these effects may be subtle, if you're not making the kind of progress you'd hoped for, it's possible that these are behind it. Talk to your doctor about how a new medication might mess with your workout of choice, and figure out a plan for an alternative exercise routine. Your body deserves the best, in both how you move it and how you take care of it. Here are nine medications that may have an impact on your workout.