From skwigg's journal:
It occurred to me today that I've worked out every day for the last 10 months. I haven't missed once. That sounds psychotic doesn't it? Let me explain. :-D
When I joined the ZGYM, the workout schedule was 7 days per week, which completely perplexed me. I thought that was SO wrong! Who does that? Crazy people? Martyrs? Exercise addicts? Everyone knows you can't train the same muscles on consecutive days or you'll turn into a pumpkin! Once I tried it myself I realized that I was doing a 12 minute kettlebell workout one day, and 5 minutes of abs the next, and a 10 minute jump rope workout the next, and 20 minutes of yoga the next. I've never felt overtrained or like I wasn't recovering. I feel amazing! Exercise is a small and enjoyable part of every day. I don't have to find time, or pack a gym bag, or drive somewhere, or spend an hour smashing myself into the ground, not ever! And my results are better than when I was doing that.
These daily workouts are the exact opposite of forcing myself to stick to a workout schedule out of fear, even when sick, even when exhausted. I've been in that headspace before and will never go there again. This is a habit more like bathing or brushing my teeth. I've done those every day for the last 10 months too. It's part of my autopilot self-care routine. It doesn't occur to me not to do them because I always feel better when I do. It's all about feeling great. When I'm sick, burpees and jump lunges aren't going to feel great, but 5 minutes of seated or lying down stretching feels amazing. When I have a terrible night of sleep, I don't need to be hoisting heavy iron over my head, but doing an easy cool-down and stretch routine as my whole workout revives and unkinks me. And on a day when I'm frantically busy, fitting in 4 minutes of kettlebell swings and snatches is quality me-time.
Daily exercise has become totally second nature. It's kind of cool.