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It's OK to Take a Workout Vacation

It's OK to Take a Workout Vacation

We all need vacations from work and school in order to give our minds a little time off and to avoid burning out. The same rule applies to exercising.

Every now and again, take a workout vacation for a few days. This is a time where you are not working out and you're giving your body a little bit of a rest from your usual routine. Interestingly enough, I find that if I schedule in a workout vacation for myself, I am actually excited to get back to it, even if I just take off three days. When someone asks if I am going to the gym today, it feels a lot better to respond with, "Oh, I'm taking a little break. I've decided not to go to the gym for the next few days." Instead of, "I am so not going to the gym because I am totally burned out. I [bleep]ing hate the [bleep]ing gym and am never [bleep]ing going back..."

You know what I mean? So if you're feeling a little burned out, try a fitness vacation, it may be just what you need.

Fit's Tip: Make sure that you have it scheduled for just a few days and that you also have your return scheduled, otherwise you may be tempted to put it off, which is certainly not the intention of a fitness break.


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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 9 years
I can NEVER take a break from working out: I do it every day, and even when I am sick....I only miss a work out when I am DEADLY SICK and CANNOT get out of bed: but that happens when I have food poisoning...which is not too often.
Nexxus1 Nexxus1 9 years
This is great advice. An exercise vacation is crucial. I've been consistently working out for the past 2.5 years, and about every 10-12 weeks, I take an entire week off. No structured exercise at all. I find that not only do I look forward to working out again, but when I get back to it, my fitness has BENEFITED from the break. It's also good to change WHAT you do for exercise to keep things fun and interesting.
misskboo misskboo 9 years
I agree fit. When I start to feel burned out and dread the thought of every workout, I take a few days to regroup. It makes all the difference!
krisua krisua 9 years
Very true. I have also noticed a remarkable energy return after a few days break.
amandaaa amandaaa 9 years
i feel horrible when i don't work out. i feel like i did something wrong, morally!
talrocks talrocks 9 years
i agree, no excersise on vacation!
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
Also - taking a break of more than 2 days can start to change your metabolism. Your body is used to being active in the gym so when you are taking a break it can affect how.. nutrients are used? Fat is processed? Something like that. I have a day break in between sessions, otherwise I start to get really eugh.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
Two days is all I can stand before I feel sluggish and yucky.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I already did take a vacation! At least 9 days! So now I've been back into it since Tuesday.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I feel almost bad when I take a little time off. The most I have EVER taken was a week and that was because I was moving and I was a little stressed out and super busy. I don't think i could ever go that long again without a workout though, it did feel good to have that extra time and everything but to me it didn't make me feel better.
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