Is It Normal to Stress When I Miss a Workout? | Men's Health Magazine Australia

Is It Normal to Stress When I Miss a Workout?

In most cases, feeling anxious about missing a date with the weights isn’t just normal – it’s commendable.


“Some anxiety and disappointment over missing a workout is healthy because it encourages us to stick with our goals and to see them to fruition,” says Dr Scott Griffiths, a psychologist at the University of Sydney.


But the important words here are “some anxiety and disappointment”.


If skipping your scheduled sweat session makes you feel like a failure or produces physical symptoms, like a racing heart or shortness of breath, there may be a bigger issue in play, says Griffiths.


Another red flag: you skip important social events because they conflict with gym time.


All of these reactions could signal an underlying anxiety disorder, says Griffiths.


According to a study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, you may have an exercise addiction if you use exercise as a coping mechanism to escape unpleasant feelings or to increase self-esteem, instead of to improve your health and fitness.


You don’t have to figure it out alone: talk to a professional who can use cognitive-behavioural therapy, a form of counselling where you work together to challenge unhelpful or disruptive patterns of thinking. 

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