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. 

With love,

Melissa xo

This post was written by PumpUp member @coachmelissa. Let her know how you reconcile your thoughts about skipping a workout in the comments below.