Every morning when the alarm goes off, you have a choice to make. Will you work out today or sleep in? Some days you just don’t feel like working out. Maybe you’re tired, feel lazy, or have a million other things on your agenda. Can’t you just skip your workout today? No. Is it really that big of a deal? Yes.
While you can make the choice to skip your workout here and there, and it’s okay not to exercise every day of the week, a commitment to your exercise routine is the key to fitness and weight-loss success.
Unless you have a good excuse like sickness or injury, it’s best not to make excuses. Read on to learn four ways you lose when you skip your workout.
So many people are insanely busy nowadays, and it’s easy to say, ‘Ah, I’ll workout tomorrow.’ But you have to set aside a time and stick to that schedule. – Derek Jeter
Lose Fitness Gains
You’ve worked hard to get this far so why lose what you’ve gained? All the early morning jogs, the weights lifted, and the laps swam have helped you get to this point. You’ve seen your health improve, your weight come off, and your muscles grow. You don’t want to throw away your hard work.
How fast you’ll fall out of shape depends on how fit you are. The longer you’ve been committed to exercise, the longer it’ll take to lose your fitness gains, but experts say going just two weeks without working out will greatly reduce your lean muscle mass and your cardio fitness. Go two or more months without exercising and you can lose it all.
It took a while to make exercise a regular part of your routine, but it doesn’t take long to fall back into unhealthy habits. Skip a workout here, skip a workout there, and it won’t be long until you’re comfortable skipping more workouts than you’re actually making, until one day they finally disappear from your life altogether. Where at one time exercise was a priority no matter what, now even little excuses seem plausible. Don’t excuse yourself from your workout or you’ll begin to lose your good habits!
Lose Sight of Goals
How often does your morning workout give you motivation and strength to say “no” to unhealthy diet temptations? Many people find that when they start the day off on the right foot, they’re more likely to continue making healthy choices the rest of the day. After a challenging workout, who wants to fill their belly with junk? A lack of commitment in the exercise realm of your life may very well carry over into your diet. It’s easy to let your weight loss and fitness goals slip to the back of your mind when you skip your workout.
Lose Your Self-Respect
A skipped workout here or there isn’t a big deal, but a habit of hitting snooze may make you feel guilty and mad at yourself. You set goals, you made a commitment, and now you’re backsliding. Is the extra half hour of sleep really worth it compared to the feelings of regret and guilt you’ll have later in the day when you wish you’d gone to the gym? Be a person of your word. If you said you’d workout, then do it. In the end, wouldn’t it be nice to have no regrets?