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

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
2/27/2009 11:11 AM   :  656 comments

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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  • 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
    649
    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
  • 644
    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
  • DOSPALMAS_RED
    642
    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
  • IZZYBEBOP
    640
    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
  • 638
    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
  • CALMMAMA2
    636
    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
    632
    Sundays, definitely! It's my family day, so I just enjoy that without forcing myself to exercise =) - 5/28/2012   12:24:22 PM
  • EAGLES_WINGS
    631
    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
  • HERE2BME
    628
    Sunday and most Mondays! - 5/3/2012   11:06:06 AM
  • 627
    Sundays (sometimes Saturdays too). - 4/20/2012   8:13:25 AM
  • DWHARLOW
    626
    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
  • CAMPINGIRL227
    624
    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
  • LOSE50BABY
    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
    617
    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
  • STYLESTARLET
    616
    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
  • HPSANDDOLLAR
    612
    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
  • 610
    Fridays!! - 1/25/2012   9:30:56 PM
  • 609
    Sunday's definitely not a day for me to exercise. We go to church in the morning and everyone is home usually. It's my day off from exercise...unless something came up earlier in the week to prevent me from working out enough. - 1/24/2012   6:28:43 PM
  • BROCCOLIROSE
    608
    Sundays...with breakfast, getting ready for church and not getting home until 1 or so in the afternoons I don't like exercising on Sundays. - 1/24/2012   9:39:46 AM
  • TUGBOATJULIE
    607
    Though I never take a break from it as I should, I'd say Fridays are days I sometimes want to just join that girls in an "outing" but always opt for exercise. But, Mondays are usually the hardest. Fridays, though I may want to "play," I often am pumped because it's the w/e, so it's not a bad work out! :) - 1/22/2012   2:36:13 PM

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