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JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,622)
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10/14/12 2:13 P

I feel just as guilty when I miss a workout or eat wrong as I do when I go over the speed limit. I know it was wrong and that it goes against my healthy lifestyle, but I don't dwell on it. There is much more life and time headed your way to continue on your path.

Now if you do this often, then you should not feel guilt so much as "WHY". Then once you find out WHY you are missing or eating wrong, then you can correct it. If it is that you missed it a couple times due to other obligations, then you shouldn't worry too much about it. But if you keep missing it because you are tired, bored, lazy, on the computer, etc., then you need to FIX it so it doesn't become a trend and then a reason to quit.

BLINDEDPANDA SparkPoints: (5,569)
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10/14/12 1:56 P

I go through the same "guilt". I have not been exercising much lately because of how busy I have been. I was wanting to go to the YMCA this weekend since I had it off, but I never have.. I feel horrible about it, but that is why I will be making it up. So you don't feel guilty, try exercising for at least 5 minutes 2 times a day on the days you don't feel like doing anything, to at least say you did SOMETHING. :D

KKKAREN Posts: 12,753
10/14/12 8:19 A

You shouldn't let it be your normal. It is recommended and normal to take a day off.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
10/13/12 11:00 P

I don't feel guilty when I miss a day of exercise. I feel sluggish and lazy and wish I had worked it into the schedule. That motivates me not to miss.

However, I do have a "free" day planned into the schedule. On Sundays after church, I allow myself to read, sleep extra, walk, bike, clean house, cook, make up a missed exercise day, or do whatever needs to be accomplished. Allowing a free day allows me freedom to skip a day of exercise and not worry about it.

GINGERVISTA Posts: 6,236
10/11/12 11:10 P

Once I got in a groove, I used to feel guilty if I missed a day of exercise, but.......until I had surgery a few months ago, I'd gone over two years of exercising in some form every day, which included days I either wasn't feeling well or didn't feel like exercising (both of those extremely rare), in which case I walked or ran in place for 10 minutes. I did the minimum required, so it relieved me of any guilt whatsoever! It was AMAZING!

SAIMSAM Posts: 212
10/11/12 10:24 P

Thank you ladies for all your support
.Exercise for me is the first thing to start my day.I am feeling that if I skip a day it makes me even more tired and miserable.After my workout I feel like relax and energetic and i really love it.
I am glad that my feelings are not unique and that's a big relief.


NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
10/11/12 1:35 P

I don't think it's uncommon at all. I feel uncomfortable with missing scheduled workouts. I know that every workout has value and I feel that I am letting myself down, delaying my progress, etc. But I am usually able to retool my next workout to make up for what I missed, combining two into one by taking the most important things from each workout and leaving out the fluff, and that relieves the guilt - it doesn't eat at me!

If you're missing a workout because you just feel tired or worn out or sick - that's your body telling you that it's doing its own internal workout and you need to let it do its thing. No guilt there. The corollary to "push yourself" is "listen to your body."

I don't think it's a sign of exercise addiction but I haven't read WAYCAT's page yet (about to read it now) - I am not an exercise addict but I can relate to what you're feeling. If exercise is crowding out the other things in your life that you enjoy, if exercise is destroying your relationships - these would seem to me to be signs of addiction.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
10/11/12 12:32 P

By itself, I don't think feeling guilty over skipping a scheduled workout is a sign of addiction, especially if you're also taking scheduled rest days.

CREEKLADY1 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/11/12 11:43 A

How can anyone judge what right or normal for anyone else...what's normal for me may not be for you.

WAYCAT Posts: 1,006
10/11/12 11:40 A

Please see my Sparkpage for how I'm currently battling exercise addiction.
It's easy to slip into and oh so hard to climb back out of.

SAIMSAM Posts: 212
10/11/12 11:24 A

Thanks! JENMC14

I am talking about skipping a day other than the rest day.I feel bad now.Is this a sign that I am getting addicted slowly.?

STEPHEN_NANNY SparkPoints: (0)
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10/11/12 11:19 A

Yes...but you need to get over it. Your body (particularly muscles and joints) need days off. It allows you to have more intense exercise on your days-on, and helps reduce soreness. You should be planning on having skip days.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
10/11/12 11:17 A

Are you talking about taking any sort of rest day or skipping a regular workout? I can see feeling guilty/bad for missing a regularly scheduled work out. I know I hated missing when I've missed one, even though it was for an entirely legitimate, really good reason. I can also see feeling guilty over taking a rest day, especially when first starting out and you just want to be "so good", but you have to get over that, imho, because the body needs a rest day or two.

Edited by: JENMC14 at: 10/11/2012 (11:17)
SAIMSAM Posts: 212
10/11/12 11:11 A


Is this normal to feel really guilty if you miss a day or skip a day of exercise?

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