Due to our love for structure and comfort, we get stuck in workout ruts. But in the bargain, we lose out on flexibility, which results in the feeling of being unable to shake out of a rut. Not giving our workout routines enough flexibility also has a very negative effect on weight loss. If you stick to your gym routine everyday day, feel too tied up, too stuck in a rut, low on motivation, and generally gloomy, skipping the daily workout could be good for you.
Change your routine – Don’t go only to the gym. Have other workouts and access points that you can use for a workout here and there to break the monotony.
Listen to your body – Sometimes routines can be detrimental in that they can push you too far. Pay attention to your body's signals when it tells you to stop. Ignoring these signals could result in injuries and could also lead to a negative impact on your health by lowering immunity.
Don’t be obsessive – Some people, when they see results after some amount of hard work, can become obsessive to a point of rigidity. You know those people who refuse to come out for a drink during the week even when a dear friend is in town only for a couple of days, because they don’t want to miss the gym? That kind of obsession only results in getting put off with working out in the long run. A practical and open mind is necessary when it comes to your workout routine.
Onslaught of flu – There are times when you feel so drained that it’s tough to get up in the morning or get through the day of work successfully. But still we say, ‘I’m fine, I don’t want to miss the gym’. This results in your immune system being wide open to flu or other infections and a little bit of pigheadedness will result in missing workouts for weeks.
Lack of motivation – If you find that off late going to the gym has become a chore that you absolutely dread, you maybe better off taking a break from the gym. A break will ensure that your muscles rest and recuperate and in fact you will be able to perform much better once back.
Skipping workouts can be a big advantage to those who workout without fail 5 or 6 days a week. Taking a week of now and then, randomizing workouts, and adding new activities can really help you achieve new levels of fitness and excitement.
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