Terri’s View: As I’ve said in the past, some days are just better than others. Most of us are emotional eaters and our will to stay healthy is determined by what we have going on externally. When we’re stressed, it’s easier for us to take a pass on working out - even while giving in to tempting foods. Every day, things like our stress level, our hormones, our workload and our home life factors into whether we feel like working out.
Sometimes, on days when I don’t feel like going to the gym, I force myself to go. Sometimes I feel better afterwards, but not always - it depends on why I didn’t want to go in the first place. If the reason I didn’t want to exercise is an emotional one, I will usually feel better after having worked out some stress. If I don’t want to go because I am busy and have too much on my plate (no pun intended) then I tend to feel anxious after a workout. In these instances I am rushing through the workout to get to my other errands. On these days, however, just the fact I took the time to go do some sort of exercise is enough to keep my eating on track for the rest of the day.
Some days I choose not to go to the gym. Usually, the next day I make an extra effort to fit in a workout but I find sometimes forcing yourself to exercise works against you. You can grow to resent the workouts but you may surprise yourself and feel proud that you made the extra effort to go to the gym even though you didn’t want to. Make the most of your time and know that even a so-so workout may be enough to stop you from eating that cupcake (or at least won’t do as much damage as you just burned 300 calories doing cardio.)
Ed’s View: I’m just not feeling it today. While I enjoy getting to the gym on a regular basis, there are times when I just do not feel like going. Depending on the situation I may force myself to get to the gym but sometimes I just scrap it and do it another day.
You have to pick your battles to win the war and sometimes, forcing a session at the gym does more harm than good; doing your routine half-way just doesn’t provide you with the feeling you get after a real good workout. When this happens to me, I make sure get to the gym the next day. I find I push myself a little harder and I tend to feel much better after completing this second workout.
Sometimes, however, I go the other way; I know it may be an off day but for some reason or another I want to get to the gym. Occasionally, my brother-in-law calls me up to see if I want to workout with him - this is great. I get ideas from him about different exercises and it make time fly working out with someone else. These surprise workouts can be as good, or better, than one that’s planned.
If you just don’t feel like the gym today, don’t make yourself crazy but plan to reschedule the workout. Keep yourself on track by being sure to get back to the gym. Don’t keep giving yourself an “out” because this could also lead to not getting to the gym or worse - getting away from everything you’ve worked so hard for.