It's easy to skip workouts when you get extra busy. We've all done it. In fact, for many people it's oftentimes the first thing to go. So I've been encouraging a client to find a way to fit the gym in with her extra busy schedule. I told her I think it would actually make up for the time spent by giving her more energy and focus to be more productive throughout the day. She shared her latest experience with me in a recent email reply.
"Well, I made it to the gym twice this past week and plan to go tomorrow. I had been feeling draggy the week or two before, but after going back to the gym just these two times, I already feel more energetic. The gym is so wonderful that way. Unbelievable!"
When we first start exercising, we can feel extra tired and less energetic as our bodies adjust to the new things it's being asked to do. But when we push through and keep going, our bodies do adjust as we get into a routine, and then we start to experience the opposite: we actually have an increase in energy. When we miss too many workouts, our bodies don't like it. They don't function as optimally as when we give them the activity they were designed for. So make exercise part of your regular routine, and try not to skip too many workouts when you're busy. Your workouts are not a hindrance to a busy schedule; they are a help. Consider them non-negotiable.