Should I take a break from working out?

Mar 7, 2023

We sometimes hear from great clients who’ve gotten amazing results that they’re going to be “taking a break” from the gym.

Today, I want to talk about why this is a bad idea.

Life doesn’t have a pause button. When things get busy or hectic, it’s our job to navigate it and do more with less.

So maybe it’s a busy time at work, or you’re traveling, or you’ve got a lot of responsibilities with the kids. 

If we’re “taking a break” from something because we’re “too busy,” what we’re really saying is that we don’t value it and aren’t willing to prioritize it.

Let’s be honest … isn’t “taking a break” just a euphemism for quitting?

Nobody wants to be a quitter. “Taking a break” sounds so much better.

I’d say 9 times out of 10, the excuse I get when someone says they need to “take a break”  is, “I don’t have time.”

We all have time. You’ve just decided that something else is more important.  (If you do choose that something else is more important which is totally plausible, fine, just don’t lie to yourself or others about.  Simply stand behind that choice.)

Now, I’m not naïve. I realize our schedules ebb and flow with the seasons and certain times are busier than  others. 

But, in my opinion (so take it for what it is) we shouldn’t just stop taking care of ourselves every time things get a little crazy.  In fact, quite the opposite.  When our lives get stressful and crazy we should focus MORE on taking care of ourselves so we can deal with the stress and overwhelm. 

If we hit a rough patch where training in-person is a stretch, making the adjustment to one in-person workout plus a couple of virtual workouts is a great option.

Using the time to focus on nutrition, drinking more water, or getting more sleep would be helpful, too.

But “taking a break” … which is just a nice way of saying you’re quitting? 

I’m sorry, that’s not what successful people do.

We all choose how we spend our time. I urge you to choose wisely 


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