You don't need to feel guilty if you started an exercise program and then stopped. Everyone gets off track now and then. There are many reasons this can happen: a change in schedule, illness or injury, or just not feeling motivated any more.
Don't give up on your exercise plan completely because you missed a few days. The sooner you get back to your exercise program, the better you'll feel. Here are some tips that can help you get started again:
Make an action plan.
Give yourself a small reward for doing your physical activity and completing your action plan.
Ask your family and friends to encourage you. Tell everyone that you're starting again.
Invite a friend to exercise with you.
Ask yourself what helped in the past. Can that help you get started again?
If you're bored, find a new activity to make exercise more interesting, such as bowling, dance lessons, or a water exercise class. Exercise doesn't have to be work.
Clinical review by David McCulloch, MD