Sometimes we miss a workout or two or three. But it’s ok.. I get asked quite a few times by people who have started a Fitness Program or who exercise. What should I do now that I missed a workout?
Here’s my suggestion to them, depending on their situation of course:
First, I find out why they missed. Sometimes workouts get skipped because you’re sick. Or because you’re traveling. Or for some other reason, like your dog ate the disc!!
If you miss a day (or two, or three), just get back at it as if nothing has happened, starting with the workout you skipped. Miss much longer and you’ve got a decision to make. You can either start the program over from scratch, or ramp yourself back to the place you were when you stopped.
Ultimately, when you get back to your program, what you do is really about what will keep you motivated. That said, doing the full program as scheduled is the best way to make sure you get full benefit from it. If you just miss a few days, it’s fine to resume where you left off, but if it’s been weeks, you’ve probably lost most of your gains fitness-wise, so it’s worth starting from scratch in order to get the most possible gains and to avoid injury.
But if doing this will crush your motivation, start where you left off, but if you’ve been off more than 5 or 6 days, ramp back up slowly or you’ll risk getting so sore you can hardly move by exhausting all of your fast-twitch muscle fibers. If your program offers a recovery week, start with that.
Hey, missing a workout happens to the best of us. But it’s getting back on track that’s important. Always talk to your fitness coach, if you have one. Find a support person, group such as an online fitness or nutrition group that specifically is about your workout. Such as T25, Insanity or PiYo.. There are tons of groups on Facebook. Just don’t give up!! Don’t let that exercise go back inside the closet or waste that gym membership if you have been skipping your gym workouts.. Don’t beat yourself up, missing a workout or two can actually become a motivating factor if you train your brain to think this way. Now you have a goal. Start again. This can help you push harder and stay more committed!!
I hope you enjoyed this blog! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. Need an online support group, please feel free to contact me. I would be more than happy helping you out!
Have be a Great Day!!