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Readers Respond: How do you get back to exercise after taking a break?

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Updated April 23, 2009

If you're a veteran exerciser, you probably exercise most of the time. You're fit, you're in shape and you probably follow a regular fitness routine. What you may have trouble with is taking an exercise break, even when know you need one. Taking a few days or even a week off can be refreshing and energizing, but every exerciser takes a different approach to rest and recovery days. How often do you take breaks from exercise and how do you get back on track after a break? Post your story and tell us how you deal with breaks from exercise. Share Your Stories

Mix it up and feel the freedom of health

I have done every single program out there....p90x,insanity,tap out, bas rutin, tap out, insane alyssum combo hybrid etc..I am pretty fit now, but like you I also feel guilty from taken rest, and like you I also found that disturbing, which became fix by coming into some insight that it doest really matter what program you are on because that really is short term anyway...the right path is the dedication to yourself that to remain on the heathy path and in turn is a life goal...so in life...it is ok to rest...see it as a way to rebuild, reenergize, recycle, refocus...or switch it up...rest meditate, stretch, sleep, go out and play....get out of the routine for a bit and get back on...switch it up...two days on...one day off...three days on one day off.. Four days on...two days off...how ever you want to do it...but keep in mind that when you are not working out...sometimes you need to refocus your energy...so do something u normally would not do...get out and refocus
—Guest Digits

I am still under confusion what to do !

After consulting the experts, I came to know that taking break during regular exercise is a good idea. But when I take a day leave, I feel very sleepy and my body aches. I hav to stretch my body every time when I stand still for a few minutes. So I am in a big dilemma. . . . . .
—Guest senchurey rajendra

Getting back to exercise

I am pushing 72 years of age and have always been very healthy and fit. My normal routine for many years was a one hour yoga routine followed by a 20-30 minute meditation and a brisk walk of at least three though often five to six miles daily. About 3 years ago I had a personal fitness instructor for about one year, but then I had a health probem which causes sortness of breath and labored breathing. I have not been back to the gym and have done very little yoga or walking for about the past year and a half. I really don't like the way I feel these days and long to get back into a regular routine, but because of the breathing difficulties, I keep putting it off. Do you have any helpful suggestions to get me started again?
—Modymo

Starting exercise again

I started exercising again 2 years ago after a 6-year break following a leg injury that weakened my left leg and caused me to often lose balance and fall. I was depressed, scared of hurting myself, feeling sorry for myself, and gained quite a few pounds as a result of emotional eating. Then one day I decided that I would not allow my body to take over my spirit, and I would fight. Looking at the great athletes in Special Olympics, I realized there were plenty of people in much worse shape, and if they could overcome their disabilities, so could I. I started rigorous strength training and slowly and steadily added aerobic classes and yoga to my routine. I am always very mindful of my balance during aerobics, and will sometimes do a modified routine. I always listen to my body, but I also push myself to the best of my ability. The best part is that - in the past two years I have not fallen once. I am fitter than ever, and feel and look younger than I did 5 years ago.
—Guest guest

Letting Go of the Rush

Winter time comes and I can't go out on my bike. I don't like the gym, too much people. Going for a run is an option, but my bike provides some resistance for my legs. I feel unhappy and maybe get depressed for a while. Even during the rest of the year, I need to take breaks sometimes to make sure my legs recuperate because I cycle quite vigorously. Today I am reading this because I have a sore throat which I suspect is from panting too much (when I go crazy on my bike my body is so pumped I need to breathe through my mouth). Its releasing to take all my energy out on the pedals. But after its over I need balance again and the body needs to restore. I am with Harry Johnson Jr. it is far less crappy than being forced to rest for weeks due to injuries from over-training.
—Guest Michael

I hate feeling guilty

I try to exercise everyday, with a half hour of aerobics, and approximately twenty minutes of muscle building stretches. I am extremely self-conscious about how my body looks although people constantly tell me "you're too skinny". But I just can't quit exercising, you know what I mean? But I have decided to take a break today, due to plain boredom with it. I'm sure it won't affect my body at all, it actually may help me to become more engrossed with my exercise routines for the rest of the week. But I just can't shake the guilt!
—Guest Mingo

taking a week off but feel guilty

I workout 5 days a week with weekend rest periods but have been bored lately and decided to take just one week off. But, oh the guilt. The week seems soooo long and I feel like I lost everything (even though I know I didn't). I do look forward to starting back on Monday. It is a reminder that to stay fit I will have to keep a weekly schedule routine of exercise for the rest of my life. Exciting and depressing at the same time.
—Guest Scomith

Over Training

While I live for exercise, I once struggled to even get up off the sofa. Once I made the decision to change the way I was treating my body, I started feeling better and better about who I was on the inside and the outside, and exercise became a main priority. Although this was a great transformation, I did have to be careful not to over train, which is very common wen athletes ignore signs their bodies are sending them. If I feel like I have pushed my body past a healthy limit, I will know right away and so will you. Over training can be dangerous and it's important you give your body time to recuperate. While it may be difficult or discouraging to have to take a one or two-day break from your workouts, it is far better than being forced to rest for weeks due to injuries from over-training.
—Guest Harry Johnson Jr.

taking a break from exercise

i have not done much exercise for the past 6 months owing to high cholestrol and headaches, i only take the dog for short walks
—fitjean57

Enjoy the Feeling

When I go back to exercising after a break, I focus on the good things. For example, I'm refreshed and my technique is often better. I'm also in a place to make and see changes in my form that I couldn't when I was in my routine. It doesn't take that long to get strength and flexibility back - a few weeks maybe - so I don't worry about that.
—Guest OMPilates

One Exercise-Free Day per Week

I was placed on a twice a day 45-minute power walk schedule when I adopted an adult dog with behavior issues. I loved the changes I saw in my body, but then I got a bad case of bronchitis I just couldn't shake. I now take one exercise-free day a week (my son walks the dog). My bronchitis cleared up, I am not catching colds, and my body feels very healthy.
—Guest bab

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