Chances are during the holiday season, you’re going to miss a couple of workouts. Once you skip a workout, you’re more likely to skip another one. And you know what, that’s totally okay. So, what happens when you skip two days in a row? Should you go on with your routine or try and double up two workouts in one day?
Well, the simplest answer is that it depends. If you’re used to intense workouts, you’ll physically feel the results of missing your workouts more.
This relates to your muscle fibers—there are two types: type I (slow-twitch) and type II (fast-twitch). Type I contributes to endurance training and type II helps your body with high-intensity exercises and strength training. When you miss a workout, your type I muscle fibers continue to be used during daily exercises, but your type II muscle fibers start to break down when they aren’t used.
This means that doubling up on your workouts, isn’t always the answer. If you’re an athlete and training for a competition or sport, when you work out twice a day, it can increase your strength, power, endurance, and muscle mass while decreasing your body fat percentage. But, if you’re not an athlete, there’s no reason to double up on your workouts.
Exercising two-a-days can put you at risk for overtraining and at risk for injury. Make sure you listen to your body for signs that it’s time to take a rest day. And next time you miss a workout, just use it as motivation to stick to your routine.