Poll: What's Your Least Favorite Day to Work Out?


By: , SparkPeople Blogger

I've been keeping track of my workouts and trying to create SparkStreaks this year by logging my workouts on a monthly calendar. It's been so motivating to see all the days checked off that it makes me want to work out more often. But I've noticed a pattern. While I can get to the gym and exercise most days of the week, my "rest" days tend to fall on the same days each week. And it's for no reason other than this: I don't like to exercise on certain days of the week.

So I started to wonder whether other people have similar patterns. Do your "off" days tend to be on the weekend? On Monday? Or somewhere in between?

Take a look at the photo below. It's my actual tracking calendar for January. Every highlighted day is a day that I exercised for at least 30 minutes. Every big blue "X" means I didn't work out. Notice a pattern? Me, too.

Tracking my workouts on a calendar has made me realize that I don't like to work out on Fridays or Saturdays. But mostly Fridays. I hate to exercise on Fridays! You know the song "Everybody's Working for the Weekend?" Well, I'm working OUT for the weekend! I find myself motivated to exercise on all other days of the week so that I don't have to exercise on Friday (and sometimes Saturday, too).

But you know, I don't see this as a bad thing. Knowing that I'd rather sleep in a little later on Friday and leave the office without any obligation to hit the gym is a good thing. It means that I'm working hard all week long so that I can rest on these days without feeling guilty. I know that I probably won't hit the gym on Friday, so I'm more likely to do it on Thursday so that I can "earn" that day off.

Knowing which days you don’t like to exercise—whether you'd just rather relax on a Saturday or you've got too much going on Wednesday night—can help you design a fitness program around your preferences. And then you'll be more likely to stick with it! Instead of feeling guilty about missing that day, embrace it! (Just make sure you do manage to exercise on most of the other days of the week.)

How about you: Which day are you least likely to exercise? Why? Do you try to force yourself to work out on that day, or just accept that it probably isn't going to happen?

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  • 660
    if any day, it is probably Tuesdays that I would rather not work out. This sis usually the day I take my mother out to do all the things she needs so time gets away from during the day. By the time I am home I am tired.. Sundays are my favorite days for doing my best because those are "my" days to do anything my heart desires and power walking and running are at the top of my list. I usually come close to do a half marathon distance or complete one on Sundays. - 1/21/2017   6:56:22 PM
    For unknown reasons, Tuesday is my off day. But I keep exercising almost every day---lower back problems and do the daily back exercises prescribed by physical therapist, no matter what happens. - 1/12/2016   12:18:44 PM
    My least favourite day to work out is the day after my hardest workouts. - 8/14/2015   3:50:48 PM
    Friday is my least favorite. Monday is my favorite because I like starting out the week strong. - 6/9/2015   9:49:50 AM
  • 656
    Where'd you get that Sparkpeople calendar? I'd like to put one on my fridge and do the same kind of physical, visual tracking. - 5/21/2014   10:28:25 AM
  • 655
    Friday definitely

    I am motivated all week and on the weekends but Friday is hard for me

    So I rest on Friday and have super workouts over the weekend - 2/18/2014   9:29:31 AM
  • 654
    I don't like to work out on days I am on call. I am always afraid the phone will ring and interrupt me. I will have to answer it while breathless. Not only a buzz kill but not very professional either. - 12/24/2013   12:36:17 PM
  • 653
    Mondays! I make a point of working out on Saturday and Sundays and because I don't have the weekday time constraints, I end up working longer and harder. Then I take Monday off coz I feel like I really earned it and I can start my first day of the work week with 90 minutes extra sleep! :) - 8/19/2013   7:40:21 AM
  • 652
    sundays i dont work out , church and family day - 4/17/2013   8:10:18 PM
  • 651
    I love working out on Fridays cause no one's at the gym! :) - 4/8/2013   11:57:48 AM
  • 650
    I'm still at the point where I'm trying to ADD more days to my three-a-week at the gym. It'll be interesting to see which day becomes my "skip" day. - 4/8/2013   7:41:23 AM
  • FOX2566
    Weekends are tough. Tend to sleep in w hubby.
    Sundays church. I am starting to observe myself and keep track for more places to move. I think of the 10 minute move my body commitment. Really helps.Vacations are also challenging. I am moving better, feeling better. and seeing impreovents. Coaching is helping! - 4/5/2013   9:40:54 PM
  • 648
    Ditto! Friday is my down time. - 2/19/2013   12:26:48 PM
  • 647
    I don't like working out Fridays either! - 2/18/2013   12:08:33 PM
  • 646
    I don't like "Abs Day" or days when I have an extra hour meeting after work. - 12/2/2012   1:18:02 AM
  • 645
    I don't like to exercise on Sunday for many reasons. :) - 11/11/2012   12:46:46 AM
  • IN102WIN
    For me I don't work out on Saturdays. That is my rest day!! - 10/11/2012   8:17:07 AM
  • 643
    It's terribly hard to find time to workout on Sunday. Church and family commitments take up most of the day!
    - 9/29/2012   1:43:59 PM
    Like FLAFLUTTERBY, I've noticed that I want to miss Thursdays. After working out hard Mon, Tues and Wed, sometimes I feel I need the rest. If I miss Thursay I feel I have to make it up on Sunday to keep up my fitness minutes and calories burned. - 9/23/2012   11:01:25 AM
  • 641
    I don't do any kind of "work" on Sunday...and that includes exercise (unless I walk by the lake after church). - 9/21/2012   1:21:32 PM
    Any day I'm not working. I've always worked out before work, so if I'm not working it's so easy to just get on the computer and before I know it the day is gone. Mondays are my BEST days as I feel motivated. - 9/19/2012   1:58:15 PM
  • 639
    Saturday and Sunday are the days I really have to push myself. - 9/7/2012   8:01:39 PM
    Monday's because it is my busiest work day and I'm exhausted mentally and physically by the end of the day. So it's my day of rest. - 9/7/2012   5:18:18 AM
  • 637
    Definitely Sunday for me. I sleep in, grocery shop for the week and my 2 older children come over for the afternoon and dinner. Then it's clean up, shower, and watch some TV. Then plan my week, exercise, meals, etc. A kick back day! - 7/28/2012   9:27:08 PM
    Every day. :-)
    probably Saturday is the hardest although it should be easiest for me to take a walk. - 7/25/2012   8:17:47 AM
  • 635
    I'd probably go with Fridays - I don't like to do homework on Fridays, either. Weekends generally aren't as consistent as weekdays, but I usually still do SOMETHING on the weekends, even if it's just chores. - 7/3/2012   10:03:09 AM
  • 634
    Sundays. I just want to go to church, eat, and veg out in front of the tv, in that order. - 6/30/2012   9:13:47 PM
  • 633
    Fridays are the absolute worst for me. The work week is done and I just want to rest. - 6/8/2012   9:58:28 AM
  • LUCY23501
    Sundays, definitely! It's my family day, so I just enjoy that without forcing myself to exercise =) - 5/28/2012   12:24:22 PM
    Tuesday and Wednesday. I usually get exhausted by then since I have fibromyalgia and by then I am quite bushed. If I feel well enough, I may go out for a slight walk or at least get some fresh air. My favorite exercise is walking and I can't get enough of it this time of year. I am sure that as I build strength things will get better. I also like tracking workouts, I like seeing my minutes and calories burned. It is a good way to motivate to keep up. Have a great Memorial Day all! - 5/27/2012   10:57:13 AM
  • 630
    Saturday- Just too much other stuff to do since I have off on the weekends. The only time I get other stuff done! - 5/26/2012   5:29:51 PM
  • 629
    Sunday - sometimes Saturday is tough to get motivated too. I think the reason is that I do my main workout in the a.m. before leaving for work on the weekdays. On weekends, I don't set an alarm, tend to get up a few hours later, then feel like my day is already so far gone to spend an hour on a workout. As the day progresses, the less likely that I will actually follow through with a workout. - 5/25/2012   8:59:18 AM
    Sunday and most Mondays! - 5/3/2012   11:06:06 AM
  • 627
    Sundays (sometimes Saturdays too). - 4/20/2012   8:13:25 AM
    Saturday, Sunday, Monday - 4/19/2012   6:37:01 PM
  • 625
    Mondays are actually the hardest for me. I am great about working out on the weekends, but when its time to get the week started again and I'm back to work, its very difficult for me to get motivated. - 4/15/2012   9:23:41 AM
    Fridays!, I have a Jazzercize class at 4:30pm on Fridays right after work, it is a definitely hard to motivate myself to go now that the weather is getting warmer. I always feel great when I go but the last month I find the car just wants to head home. - 4/13/2012   11:04:44 AM
  • 623
    Saturdays for now, it's the day I have the least amount of time to spare. - 4/12/2012   9:26:38 AM
  • 622
    Sunday, 2 church services makes getting to the gym a challenge. - 4/10/2012   2:46:25 PM
  • 621
    Saturday, since that is the only day I can get any rest. - 4/5/2012   10:46:17 AM
  • 620
    Fridays and Sunday
    I think because Friday is a me day where I rest and pamper myself and
    Sunday is a day for the Lord! I try to keep the sabbath - 4/5/2012   9:49:33 AM
  • 619
    Mondays are hard for me because of activities with my kids - sometimes Fridays because I'm ready to start enjoying the weekend. - 4/5/2012   9:39:39 AM
  • 618
    I hate working out on Sundays and Fridays after work. - 4/5/2012   9:08:30 AM
  • C_PETERSEN2006
    Sundays I hate to work out. I am ready to relax and get ready for the workweek. I love my Saturday morning workouts though. It relieves the stress from working all week! I notice I give 110% on Saturday too. I feel pretty amazing for the rest of the day! :) - 3/24/2012   3:16:30 PM
    Monday! On Friday I feel like it gives me a boost into my weekend. - 3/13/2012   11:44:17 AM
  • 615
    Friday!!! - 3/2/2012   8:04:29 AM
  • 614
    it's definitely Fridays so I find a motivator for that day to provide more encouragement. I'll either do a class or go with my boyfriend. - 1/28/2012   10:25:08 AM
  • 613
    Sundays!!!! It's just a laid back sort of day. Maybe yoga.... - 1/27/2012   9:01:05 AM
    Mid week. - 1/27/2012   7:07:52 AM
  • 611
    Sunday is the day to relax for both my husband and I; so I don't exercise on most Sundays - 1/26/2012   10:49:36 PM

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