If you've ever been in an exercise slump, you know how hard it is to get out of it and the biggest mistake we make is allowing our feelings of guilt take center stage. That guilt makes us think that the only way to make up for lost time is by doubling up, maybe tripling up our workouts until we catch up.
Too much exercise can cause too much soreness and too much soreness causes too much pain and too much pain causes you to lie in bed and consider the idea of hiring a crane to get you out, which you would do if only you could reach your phone.
All of that can cause you to quit exercise completely because no one wants to be known as 'that crazy person who had to use a crane to get out of bed.' Rather than let guilt or shame make your decision, come at it from a more logical place. If you've been off exercise for a while, there are two things you need to do:
- Deal with your guilt - We all mess up and so will you. Kicking yourself or using that guilt to spur you into intense workouts your body isn't ready for is a waste of energy and won't always make you feel better.
- Ease back into your workouts - How much your body can do depends on how long your exercise break was. A good rule of thumb: If it's been more than 2-3 weeks, start at a beginner level. It's hard to reign yourself in, especially when you think about how much you used to do before you stopped exercising. However, that restraint will pay off in the end. You'll get stronger and fitter without pain, soreness...or having to use a crane.
What about you? Have you ever gone too far with your workouts out of guilt? How do you handle it when you miss workouts and guilt strikes? Leave a comment and tell us what you think.