I have been working out consistantly for about 20 years, believe me I know some days you need a break. Try working natural rest days into your routine like 2 days on 1 day off and see how that goes. On those "rest" days I stick to restorative work like easy walking or yoga.
Every now and then I'll feel ill, really tired or just sick and tired of working out. So I tell myself I will take a week off from working out, just doing restorative work. Usually by the 4th or 5th day I too feel refreshed and energized and I find myself walking up the big hills in town and wanting to lift some weights again.
Take your day off and come back to it tomorrow. Rest is very important for recovery.
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I wish I didn't put so much pressure on myself to workout every day (twice a day lately) and then feel guilty when I finally do convince myself to take a break. I have been working my butt off all week and have decided to take a rest day today. I need it for muscle repair and my own sanity. I have to stop being so obsessive about exercising or I'm going to drive myself sick of it.
Rest days are beneficial. Don't fall for the same emotional pitfall as me and feel guilty over it. They are benficial for muscle repair and to prevent from loathing, growing bored of your exercise routine. I need to remind myself of that too! :)
I always feel so refreshed, energized and eager for my next workout when I actually do take a break.
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.
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