find it hard to take a break from working out?

  • dommyinlosang...

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    Feb 21, 2014 9:38 AM GMT
    i've been working out/running 6 days a week mostly for the last 8 months... it shows and i'm thrilled with how i look but body def need a little rest so trying to not workout for just a week or so... it's kinda tough... i worked out twice this week instead of 4 times so i guess that's progress lol

    anyone else find it hard to rest either from just needing a rest/break or from being sick?
  • GrowingGeek

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    Feb 21, 2014 11:14 AM GMT
    I find it really difficult. Had to take a week off in December because I'd injured my wrists, I almost went crazy that I couldn't really do much! It hurt to even change gears in my car so gym and general exercise was definitely out of the question.

    I've heard it's almost an addiction and I'd be inclined to agree - the endorphins you get from a good workout are such a great reward that you are motivated to do it again, and I feel like I'm addicted now, to working out and getting bigger. Anyone else agree or disagree with this?
  • chadwick1985

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    Feb 21, 2014 1:29 PM GMT
    I totally agree. I go about 5 times a week. I get pissed if I miss a day or something comes up and prevents me from going. If I don't go at least 4 times in a 7 day period I beat myself up. Im not trying to get bigger but I want to stay in shape etc.
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    Feb 21, 2014 5:29 PM GMT
    I've gotten to the point now where I literally go everyday. I know you need a rest day an everything but I feel like if I'm not there then that's time that I'm not improving myself. I can't stand missing a day at the gym!
  • starboard5

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    Feb 21, 2014 5:34 PM GMT
    I have this problem, myself. I once read that it's reasonable to take one to two weeks off (complete rest) every two to three months. I would find it difficult.

    At my age (59 next month) my body gets strained more easily and heals more slowly. Consequently, I'm always nursing some ache or pain somewhere. Recently, I've cut weights back from four to three days a week. But I'm practicing yoga more. This week I've stayed home from the gym the last two days and instead, walked and had a short yoga practice. It's all a trial and error experiment and you have to listen honestly to your body.

    It's highly important to get enough sleep, though. Seven hours a night at least, I think.
  • dommyinlosang...

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    Feb 21, 2014 6:44 PM GMT
    spiercemint saidI've gotten to the point now where I literally go everyday. I know you need a rest day an everything but I feel like if I'm not there then that's time that I'm not improving myself. I can't stand missing a day at the gym!


    you def need a rest day... i actually do feel better taking a few days off...

    i usually take one day off and that's usually the day i goto disneyland... i consider that a workout in itself...

    so ive worked out twice this week... plus a disney trip wed... disney today (for my birthday) and then im having a decadent bday dessert party tomorrow but might try a run before hand... and prob something sunday from all the guilt of the party... so even in this rest week i'm prob gonna workout 4 times... i am addicted
  • dommyinlosang...

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    Feb 21, 2014 6:45 PM GMT
    starboard5 saidI have this problem, myself. I once read that it's reasonable to take one to two weeks off (complete rest) every two to three months. I would find it difficult.

    At my age (59 next month) my body gets strained more easily and heals more slowly. Consequently, I'm always nursing some ache or pain somewhere. Recently, I've cut weights back from four to three days a week. But I'm practicing yoga more. This week I've stayed home from the gym the last two days and instead, walked and had a short yoga practice. It's all a trial and error experiment and you have to listen honestly to your body.

    It's highly important to get enough sleep, though. Seven hours a night at least, I think.


    can't imagine taking 2 weeks off... i went back home for my dads funeral and even with all the drama i still managed to workout 5 days in a week... makes me feel better... but you are prob right and a full week at least of nothing would be good... i'd just be scared i'd never go back
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    Feb 21, 2014 6:49 PM GMT
    My condolences on your Dad's death.
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    Feb 21, 2014 6:53 PM GMT
    spiercemint saidI've gotten to the point now where I literally go everyday. I know you need a rest day an everything but I feel like if I'm not there then that's time that I'm not improving myself. I can't stand missing a day at the gym!


    I feel the same--with running I usually take one or two days off a month. I take a kickbox class at my gym 3 or 4 times a week and lift weights 4 to 5 days a week, but I feel like a slacker when I take a day off, although rationally I know rest days are important for recovery.
  • dommyinlosang...

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    Feb 21, 2014 7:14 PM GMT
    duluthrunner saidMy condolences on your Dad's death.


    thank you... tough part is on mom... they were together 60 years... holy shit... i cant imagine
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    Feb 21, 2014 8:06 PM GMT
    from the way i have been this week i know the next two days i am going to have to have off and lol ill be crawling the walls at home not going with withdrawals
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    Feb 21, 2014 8:13 PM GMT
    Yup. I'm been in Toronto for 5 days and am going crazy. I got rebuffed when I tried to join a big chain for a week because I'm not from here. Later today I guess I'll work out in a teeny exercise room in a relative's condo.icon_rolleyes.gif

    I will call first. icon_lol.gif
  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 21, 2014 8:13 PM GMT
    GrowingGeek saidI find it really difficult. Had to take a week off in December because I'd injured my wrists, I almost went crazy that I couldn't really do much! It hurt to even change gears in my car so gym and general exercise was definitely out of the question.

    I've heard it's almost an addiction and I'd be inclined to agree - the endorphins you get from a good workout are such a great reward that you are motivated to do it again, and I feel like I'm addicted now, to working out and getting bigger. Anyone else agree or disagree with this?

    I agree except sometimes I wonder if it is the pre-workout drink I'm addicted to. But ya, I go 7 days/week and feel like I've slacked off if I skip a day. I do pay attention to my body and if I feel like I'm overworking something, I find a way to avoid stressing it. Sometimes it means I just do some light cardio.
  • DarkWoods

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    Feb 22, 2014 5:48 AM GMT
    If I've prevented from working out for about a week then I begin to have trouble falling asleep. It feels like my body tenses or flexes, almost spasms as if needing exercise. It's an ache I can feel in my bones. If that happens I'll get out of bed and do some push ups before sleep.
  • dommyinlosang...

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    Feb 22, 2014 10:20 AM GMT
    YVRguy saidYup. I'm been in Toronto for 5 days and am going crazy. I got rebuffed when I tried to join a big chain for a week because I'm not from here. Later today I guess I'll work out in a teeny exercise room in a relative's condo.icon_rolleyes.gif

    I will call first. icon_lol.gif


    gyms should affiliate themselves with other chains so if you are traveling and your gym is not in that city you can access it... get like 10 a year or something... pay a small fee... not have to go through a whole one week free to try the place or stuff like that... luckily LA Fitness is in my hometown in ny and right here in LA of course
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    Feb 22, 2014 10:22 AM GMT
    Then don't... I mean go on the elliptical as a rest day or swim.