The Surprising Dangers Of Missing a Full Week of Workouts
Wow, so you missed a whole week of workouts. Or worse, two weeks.
Quite frankly you should probably give up right now because if you can't workout every single week you're just going to end up right where you started.
LOL JUST KIDDING!
This couldn't be further from the truth!
But isn't this how the fitness industry makes it sound? "If you aren't one of the uber dedicated fitness fanatics who constantly live in the gym and only eat grilled chicken and broccoli there's no way you'll reach your goals."
Unfortunately it's this line of thinking that keeps every day people like you and me from reaching our goals.
The desire to be perfect when it comes to fitness/nutrition/health is silly. We're not perfect in any other are of our life, so why do we expect to be perfect when it comes to fitness?
But let me answer your big question:
Just How Bad Is It To Miss A Week (Or 2) Of Workouts?
Not bad at all.
Seriously, you'll lose a grand total of zero muscle mass, strength, and performance with one week away from the gym. You may feel even better during the next week's workouts!
With a second week away? You'll likely lose zero muscle mass, strength, and performance. So quit your worrying!
Now if you've ever missed a week or two, you probably noticed you felt weaker when you came back. But why is that? I just said you wouldn't lose any strength?
By missing a week you may feel a little "Out of the groove." Especially on more complex movements with free weights.
This isn't anything to worry about. You'll regain that "strength" quickly.
It's like riding a bike after a little time away. You're still just as good at riding it, but it takes a little time to find the groove again.
So if you missed a week, don't sweat it. Just get back in the gym and get to work.
Now this isn't license to start missing a bunch of workouts. Notice I said you wouldn't lose progress, but you also won't make any while you're away.
So if you haven't achieved your goals just yet, get back to work after your break.
Moving forward, this should give you the freedom to show yourself grace when you miss the occasional week of workouts. It should also encourage you to take a more long-term approach.
No one gets lean, strong, and healthy in a couple weeks. And no one loses all their progress in a couple weeks.
Moving forward, the two words you need to understand to crush your fitness goals are:
If you're serious about creating a new lifestyle, you need to commit to a program you can follow 80% of the time. Leave yourself the last 20% as room to account for life's curveballs OR just consider it bonus work that'll get you to your goals that much faster.
Consistently do what you're supposed to do 80% of the time and progress is inevitable.
Do that for 3, 6, 12 months and then you'll be singing Meghan Trainor lyrics:
"Who's that sexy thing I see over there? That's me, standing in the mirror!"
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