As a fitness freak, I spend 1 1/2 hours of my day, lifting weights, doing plyometrics, or sprinting on the treadmill.

Even if it rained or I got sick, I’d still pull myself to the gym.

You might say I’m a little obsessed for working out so much. But exercise, to me, is what makes my days better. It’s what de-stresses me. And I honestly couldn’t imagine how my life would be like if I didn’t work out.

Until I couldn’t — because of a horrible cold I caught a month ago.

With a dry, itchy throat and a numbed mind, I couldn’t think nor snap myself back to workout. I didn’t feel like doing anything except pass out on the bed.

It’s the worst feeling I ever had in awhile. But thankfully I learned one surprising thing from not exercising for a month.

Breaks aren’t bad.

I used to think taking breaks was a sign of laziness.

If you keep skipping days, you’ll never achieve what you want, I’d tell myself.

But after 4 weeks of being stuck in bed, I realized my body got stronger.

I was able to do more clap push-ups.


My arms became more toned.

The truth is, I’d been overworking my body this whole time — to the point where my soreness never went away. Where sharp pains would pick at my knee, unexpectedly.

By giving your body a couple days off from the gym, you allow your muscles to rebuild new muscle fibers, which prepares you for a better performance. Hence, higher gains.

So if you’re worried about losing all your gains by taking a break from workout, don’t. It’ll help you in the long run.

“A vacation free from visits to the gym that lasts a week or even two can actually provide needed rest for the body that you would have denied it otherwise.”

~Men’s Fitness