If injury or illness have ever sidelined you from your regular fitness schedule, you'll recognize these funny (but true) side effects
Maybe you're injured, traveling without access to a gym, or just so busy that you can't find a spare 30 minutes to work up a sweat. Whatever the reason, when you have to put your fitness habit on hold, things start to get weird...
1. At first, you're psyched.
No matter how much you love working out, an enforced break can be refreshing. You'll have so much more time for activities! You'll have so much less laundry!
2. But pretty soon, you're Googling "How long does it take to lose fitness?"
3. You become obsessed with your abs.
You spend five minutes in the mirror each morning flexing, trying to gauge how your muscle tone is changing.
4. Your Netflix history is filled with fitness documentaries.
It's been less than a week, but you're already painfully nostalgic for the days of workouts past.
5. You stop being able to sit still.
All the energy you were burning off in the gym has nowhere to go, and your coworkers start suspecting that you have ADHD.
6. You try to vent about your frustration to your non-gym going friends.
And they're like, "Huh?"
7. You start compulsively checking your fitness tracking app.
You yearningly stare at past months full of checked off workouts, and stare despondently at the past couple weeks of empty spaces.
8. You start telling yourself that the walk from your couch to the fridge totally burns at least 10 calories.
And you're making it like 20 times a day, so...
9. You become inexplicably rage-y when you see other people in workout gear (like these pieces our fitness editors swear by).
I USED TO BE ONE OF YOU!
10. You try transferring your mental energy to another obsession.
What? I've always been super, super, super into knitting. It's like you guys don't know me at all.
11. You tell yourself that the five sit-ups you do in bed before passing out totally count as a workout.
Entering into MapMyFitness.com now...
12. You can't remember the last time you felt hungry.
Between no longer experiencing the post-sweat hangries and the fact that you're filling up at least some of that free time with tacos, you haven't been truly hungry in weeks. (But you still eat anyway.)
13. You realize you have no way of telling what clothes need washing.
Nothing's wet or smelly, so how do you know what goes into the hamper?
14. You finally have a chance to work out again...
15. And you realize that your "normal" routine doesn't feel so "normal."
Once you've had some time off, getting back into the groove is tough. These tips can make it easier.