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Fit Tip: Don't Let One Skipped Day Turn Into a Month

Fit Tip: Don't Let One Skipped Day Turn Into a Month

It's easy to neglect one day of working out — one day is nothing to be concerned about. The problem is when one day turns into two days, two days turn into a week, then a week turns into a month and so on. In order to get yourself motivated and back in the swing of things, don't aim for a full day at the gym. Try and do a short 10 minute run outside or session on the elliptical. Chances are that after the 10 minutes you'll be in the groove and want to keep going.


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maggieleigh maggieleigh 9 years
This is so true....and so relevant right now. I need to get my butt back to the gym after a 2 week break! :P
iamvictorious iamvictorious 9 years
I'm currently going thru this. I recently read that yo-yo exercising can cause weight gain. I believe it. I promise to walk tomorrow so that I get back on track.
Semirose Semirose 9 years
Oh man so true, this always happens when it gets really cold because my gym is close enough that I feel bad when I drive, but far enough that when it's cold I just can't bare the thought of making the walk. But once I actually force myself out I definitely always do the full workout (even if sometimes it means driving, who wants to walk when it's below 0)
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
yes yes yes yes YES!!!! THANK you. THIS is what I always tell my friends. They are always like "OMG, you can take a day off!" I'm like, NO, because one day becomes three weeks for me! It's happened a million and one times. They just think I'm super obsessed with working out, but my workouts are VERY manageable and pretty low key. Like, I never run, I do intervals on the treadmill and do yoga. I hit the weights just two times a week. It's all about being able to do something everyday and being consistent. I see people going ALL CRAZY with working out and burn out after they take that one off day.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i get so upset with myself if i miss even one day at the gym. i know though that if i get into the habit of not going - it's downhill - and i get lazy about it
mizzvoss mizzvoss 9 years
Spectra...good idea!
mizzvoss mizzvoss 9 years
Spectra...good idea!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
This is why I schedule my workout "off" days. I find when I do this, I am a lot more accountable for getting myself back on the wagon the next day.
Sweet-as-Sugar Sweet-as-Sugar 9 years
I've definitely let one day turn into 4 months :s
leppy leppy 9 years
I'm with you KansasNutmeg! My birthday was last week so I decided that gave me a free eating pass for the day. Then, that turned into the weekend. Suddenly, I've turned into a spoiled teenager and decided that its my birthday week and therefore have been slipping off the healthy-eating wagon with only a precarious perch left today. I need to give myself a stern talking-to immediately. :)
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
I just did this the other day. I was feeling a little punk and didn't really want to work out. I decided to just do a few reps of my free weights and before I knew it I had pushed out a whole workout! Once I started I told myself I might as well do just one more thing. From there it was just so close to the middle that I pushed through to that. After the hump I couldn't not finish - I was so close! :)
mizzvoss mizzvoss 9 years
This is me. If I work out consistently, it's fine. But if I skip more than 3 days, I usually don't go back to the gym! That turns into a month of not working out, then I have to get motivated to go again... I'm trying to keep it a routine.
Jeny Jeny 9 years
I agree with this for sure! I'm allowing myself to splurge a little but back to the gym manana
jasmint jasmint 9 years
I've definitely fallen into this trap! I used to be so good about working out -- I'd do it 5-7 times a week, but now when I try to get back into it if I skip a day, it turns into two, three, four, then weeks... I'm trying to get better at this.
KansasNutmeg KansasNutmeg 9 years
I do this with meals! I'll eat a bad meal, then justify the next bad meal because the first one ruined my diet for the "day", then the next bad meal I justify because the last two ruined my "weekend" and pretty soon im justifying my 8th bad meal as a bad "week" and my 89th bad meal as a bad "month". Uggh
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