Do you sometimes feel guilty after skipping a workout?When I started my fitness journey 4 years ago, I used to feel guilty all the time whenever I missed a workout. I used to think that it wasn’t okay. The problem was my mindset. Like a muscle, I needed to train it. This was harder than anything I've ever done in my life.
I don’t let myself feel guilty anymore. If I decide to forego a workout, I don’t think of it as a bad thing. The phrases skipping or giving up have such a negative connotations to them. It’s not like you're completely giving up on eating healthy forever, anyway. When circumstances lead to skipping a workout, I accept it. This was my decision. My body wasn’t feeling it at the time. Listen to your body.
In fact, I oped out of my morning workout yesterday because I was not feeling good at all. It wasn’t a total waste. I ended up having the most fabulous, healthy day because of it. I was able to try a healthy recipe that I wanted to make for so long. I was also able to do 20 minutes of pre-natal yoga and I went for a walk in my neighbourhood. It felt great to take this time for myself! It’s all about finding balance and listening to your body.
After all, working out shouldn’t be a chore. You should feel motivated and inspired by it.
Here's why skipping a workout won't be the end of the world for you:
1. It's okay to skip a workout
It’s not the end of the world. Sometimes, your mind and body need an extra rest day. Being aware of your overall well-being is as important as nourishing your body with the right food.
2. Skip, but don't make it a habit
As a health and wellness coach, this is the first thing I explain to my clients. When you are new to this lifestyle, you want to create a healthy routine for yourself. It takes time to create a new habit and ditch the old ones. By planning your workouts ahead of time,you are more likely to succeed. Here's what you have to keep in mind at all times: if you skip a workout, get back on track immediately the next day. This applies also for food; it’s okay to indulge - we are human! Just get back on track as soon as you can.
3. You don't need a gym to exercise
Whenyou don’t feel like going to the gym, you don't have to stop exercising altogether. There are other ways to be active. Go for a walk, a jog, a hike, a bike ride, or a swim. There are plenty of options for physical activity that have nothing to do with the gym.
4. Build a strong mindset. Your mind is a muscle you need to train.
A strong mindset takes time to develop. Start by being AWARE of your thoughts. You can track your thoughts on a sheet of paper or in a journal. Whenever you find yourself thinking negatively about a situation, write it down and see if you can think about your circumstances in a positive way.
- Be yourself and stop trying to be somebody else. Don’t compare yourself to others.
- Be an optimist. Classify ‘problems’ as ‘opportunities’. View each situation as a way to make a positive change.
- Do the things you dislike FIRST. Make a to-do list and try to eliminate the things you dread first. This exercise in self-discipline may result in a stronger mind and a more enjoyable day.
So to wrap things up: next time you find yourself feeling guilty about skipping a workout, try to listen to your body and think about what’s right for you. If you really are just being lazy, give yourself a few minutes and see how you feel, or start with an ounce of activity.
If you really do need a day of rest, take one guiltlessly. There is always tomorrow. One missed workout is not going to make the slightest impact on your healthy lifestyle.