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Fit Tip: It's OK to Miss a Workout

Fit Tip: It's OK to Miss a Workout

Feeling guilty about ditching your workout today? Give yourself a break!

In fact, recent research has found that the guilt many women feel over missing a workout can lead to disordered eating and/or a reduced quality of life. Remember that you're exercising to improve your life and you want to keep progressing to improve your overall health; beating yourself up over skipping the gym is not the way to go. A few missed workouts are nothing to get upset about, just try to make it a rule to not go without doing anything active for two weeks.


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mtiger mtiger 8 years
I work out Monday through Friday. 2 days off on the weekend...I don't feel guilty at all about it!
yasume yasume 8 years
I schedule two days off a week just not in a row. On my days off, I just make sure that I continue to eat healthy. Okay, I will admit that on one of those off days, I tend to give into my sweet cravings. I have tendenitis in my foot and a degenerative disc in my neck so I have to be careful not to over do the working out.
mrscaru mrscaru 8 years
I work out five times a week, usually doing yoga. I feel so much better mentally and physically when I do yoga so I don't like to miss it, but I also need time to rest. I try to only do workouts that I really love (like yoga and hiking) and don't stress about the rest of it.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I try to combat that guilty feeling by purposely scheduling days off from working out. Ususally I take one day per week off, but sometimes I take two days off in a week, if I'm really busy. As long as I don't take two or more days off in a row, I try not to stress out about it too much. When I do take off from working out, I cut down on my carbs a bit and increase my protein to help myself recover.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
On days I "take off", I just make extra careful food choices. I still contribute to my well being, just not by gym time.
Smilesp Smilesp 8 years
This is totally relevant for me right now. I'm on vacation and the weather has been bad so I haven't been able to walk or run or do anything really! At home I'm very loyal to my workout schedule so I guess its ok!
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 8 years
This is SO me right now at this very moment. I'm sick with a cold and yesterday my sister came home from our weekly pilates class, and I was so jealous of her! I'm having the hardest time not going to work out.
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
sometimes i run around so much with my job that i feel ok skipping cardio bc i know walking fast thru crowds in heels = 40 min elliptical anyways.... hehehe ;)
Renee3327 Renee3327 8 years
I don't make myself feel guilty but if I miss more than one workout I just don't feel right. I generally only skip if I'm working late, meeting up with friends last minute or doing something fun so it's hard to feel guilty about that.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
It's not just okay to "miss" a workout -- it's necessary! I schedule 1-2 rest days each week when I'm training for an triathlon or a marathon. Your body needs time to rest and recover. Too much leads to injury and burnout.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I also make myself feel guilty about missing a workout. For instance, last week I hurt my ankle and refused to take more than two days off, resulting of course in my injuring it even more. I mean, I'm training for a race so I really don't want to miss too much, but I think I need to remember to give myself a break sometimes.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
hmm maybe I'm just a slacker. I don't tend to feel guilty for not working out. I just figure it's a day off and I'll workout tomorrow.
ffemt1201 ffemt1201 8 years
Lovely 1, your pup is soooo cute!! I feel tremendously lazy and guilty when I miss a workout.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I catch myself doing this. I read an article somewhere about "active rest." I try to incorporate that one day per week. I'm still moving so I don't feel as guilty, but it's a nice break from pushing my body too hard.
xtinabeena xtinabeena 8 years
i'm definitely guilty of this. i mean, i strained my quad last week while lifting after a really tough week of training... it's fine 2 days later, but i was freaking out about not getting to finish my back squats. like this was going to set me back. but seriously, i get DEPRESSED when i don't work out. i'm addicted to the endorphins and it is hard for me to go a day without working out, which has led to some over-training issues. and some stressing about getting out of shape and fat, etc.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
see i don't know if it's me making myself depressed about missing a workout or if i physically get mopey. for example, when i get stressed or cranky, i'll work out, and that's the way that i get rid of tension and release endorphines and all that. when i don't work out for a day, i find that i'm really not a good person to be around. case in point, last night i got into the BIGGEST fight with my fiance over nothing, and i also didn't go to the gym at all. the same thing happened a few weeks ago. so for the health and sanity of my relationship i think that i HAVE to workout some how...:)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
this is me! i need to learn to stop feeling so bad about missing a day!
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