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Don't Let a Few Days of Missed Workouts Turn Into a Habit

You meant to exercise this week but Monday you went shopping, Tuesday you baked cookies, Wednesday you wrapped presents, Thursday you went to your office holiday party, Friday you decorated a gingerbread house with your nieces, and over the weekend, you were too pooped to work out. Sometimes life — especially this busy time of year — doesn't allow for a trip to the gym. While it can definitely be beneficial to give your body and mind a little rest, you've got to be careful not to let your little break turn into a habit. If you've noticed that it's been longer than two weeks since you slipped on your sneaks and sports bra, then make a pact with yourself and pick a day to work out ASAP. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get back into your regular exercise routine. Remember, a short workout, if that is all you can squeeze in is better than no workout at all. Here's a 30-minute celeb trainer created for FitSugar readers; print it out and take it to the gym. Just get moving!

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Baileybuns Baileybuns 6 years
Oh man, this is totally me. I went on a little vacation and just fell right off the wagon. Holiday season definitely makes it worse, every day is SOMEthing. Must. Get. Back. On. Track.
vanillabean vanillabean 6 years
I got off track after Thanksgiving due to travel, a wedding, visiting a friend out of town, and then the real bummer--cold virus. Barely this week, I am easing back into it, but do have guilt about not taking care of the Christmas shopping as efficiently as I could if I did not go the gym after work.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
Post Ironman I've had a really hard time geting back in the habit. I took off a couple weeks to let my body heal and recover after the 140.6 mile race and now I'm ... lost.
Vanonymous Vanonymous 6 years
I recently took a pretty big break from exercising. The week of Thanksgiving I went on vacation and told myself I wouldn't worry about calories or working out. I ate a lot and hit up the hotel's gym just once. (Although we were active in other ways during the trip). When I came home, I found it really difficult to get back on track. I just switched to a new gym and that's renewed my interest. Went there last night and it felt great!
pinkmermaid23 pinkmermaid23 6 years
This is inspiring. I mean, it takes the guilt out, and simply says, "well, get your butt back out there!" I like it.
fauxcat fauxcat 6 years
I totally agree with this post, although I count shopping days as workouts, especially if I'm on foot all day (in sneakers), walking around. I usually go for 4-5 hours, and miles and miles, and so come home totally wiped out. It's kind of satisfying :)
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Weird. I never miss more than one day of working out, otherwise it's really tough to get back in the swing of things. Even when I'm on vacation, I find ways to squeeze in a workout. I mean, it's nice to have a day off once in a while, but too many can make it tough to get restarted with things again.
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