Me in gym clothes with the text 'A Break From The Gym' with black lines
Fitness,  The MSBLife Archives

Having a Break from the Gym (!?)

As a person who almost promotes themselves as a health and fitness blogger, it is slightly weird to be writing that I haven’t properly worked out in about two months.

Me at the Gym standing in the mirror with text saying 'Having a Break from the Gym!?' and a red no entry sign.

“I couldn’t keep going”

A few months ago, I was going to the gym 5 times a week, boxing and training for my half marathon. Now, I can’t seem to even get myself to the gym and I tried running up a hill yesterday and I couldn’t keep going.

But, ya know, that’s okay. At first, I will admit, I felt a bit guilty. I was there trying to write motivating captions and I couldn’t even motivate myself. Thankfully, I knocked some sense into myself and that feeling didn’t last long. Just last week, I even had a short break from social media.

Back in September, I wrote a post called ‘I’m Worn Out’, on how I was having to fully immerse myself into ‘Slow Down September’. I thought that month would be enough – it wasn’t.

After my break from the gym, I threw myself back in the deep end…

Stupidly, I tried to throw myself back in at the deep end and, for a short while, I felt quite motivated. I started doing the Shreddy app, their Lean Muscle challenge, and posting about it on social media. After managing about two weeks (barely) I had to cancel my subscription. I was very happy that past me had only signed up to a monthly membership. (There will be a separate post with a bit more on Shreddy app in the future, if you’re interested!)

Me at the gym in my gym clothes after trying to come back from my break from the gym.
I tried my best to get back to into my old habits…

So, as you can imagine, I fully plummeted down into exhaustion and found myself having another break from the gym. Silly Millie.

Looking up! 🙂

BUT – I’m here today, a few weeks later, writing this post on a train and I’m feeling alright. I made an effort to start my week on a high and I plan to try my best to stick to it. I also, recently, went to my first dance class and I’m excited to explore that!

Overall, the point of this post was to give a quick update but also to just to act as a reminder that you can’t expect your body to run at full speed constantly. It doesn’t mean your end goal needs to change, but maybe the journey to get there does.

I hope you are having a nice day, whether that be because you are smashing through your to-do list or you’ve spent the day in bed reading a book. (I’ve started reading so much more recently and I LOVE Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks series.)

I shall be back soon with another post and until next time my friends!

-Millie 🙂

The text used in the post’s featured image is ‘Le Gusto’ and can be found here.


  • Amber

    I totally get this… I try and go to the gym as much as possible, but sometimes it is so exhausting, especially when I try and squeeze it into an already busy day. For a while I was trying to go to the gym 5 times a week, sometimes after work (around 1am sometimes- and work is active enough as it is) and it was just so stupid haha… I definitely find it difficult to slow down!

    • msblife28

      omg I couldn’t imagine going to the gym at 1am!? I also find it difficult to slow down too don’t worry but I’m trying to slowly make better habits. Thanks for reading Amber 🙂

    • msblife28

      I’m in such a reading mode right now and I love it!! Yeah I’m glad I realised too as I probably would have continued and harmed myself further without realising. Thanks for reading Chloe 🙂

  • Madi Dearson

    I’m so glad you took the time to write this post. For me – many times when I verbalize how I feel it makes me feel like a load was lifted off my shoulders. I completely know how you feel. I just got back to working out regularly again, after a month of feeling blah about everything. I think so many times we push ourselves hard without noticing – and our bodies just tell us to stop. Take your time and do things in your own pace. I can’t wait to read more from you.

    • msblife28

      I’m so glad that you are getting back to it! I’m looking forward to slowly starting back up myself. I definitely pushed my body way too far. Thank you for reading Madi and for just generally being so supportive 🙂

    • msblife28

      YESSSS yogi Megan!! I wish I had access to yoga classes easily and I’m gonna have to start doing more cause my body is starting to ache from sitting down so much! Thanks for reading Megan 🙂

  • Shannen Claire

    YAY for attending a dance class, that’s amazing! What sort of dance style was it? I did ballet as a kid but got bored of it lol, but now when I watch a ballet performance I wish I’d stuck with it Hope you have a really refreshing month! It’s good to let your body rest for a while – I always feel like my workouts aren’t worth it if I push myself when I’m feeling unmotivated. Thanks for sharing! I absolutely agree – it’s so important to listen to your body and to take your time x

    • msblife28

      I’m actually replying to this comment as I am waiting for this week’s class to start and it’s theatre jazz!! I didn’t think ballet or tap suited me very much and I’m really enjoying jazz!! Thanks so much for reading Shannen 🙂

  • Amy

    I totally get this, I switch so often between having breaks for too long then pushing myself way too much, it’s great to find a balance in between that

  • itsjustabbsxo

    I feel like this isn’t talked about enough; I know I feel so guilty for taking time off for myself and always feeling like I should be doing something. I’m so glad you took the time out for yourself, you’ve got to try to find that perfect life and gym balance! I can’t wait to find out more in upcoming posts…xoxo

    • msblife28

      Yeah I always seem to see things online about GOGOGO and I’m like ahh (although I do do that too..) and im glad I finally feel okay with having a break. Thank you so much for reading and I hope I find that balance too!!:)

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