How Long of a Workout Break Is Too Long?

Workout break
Photo by Ketut Subiyanto on Unsplash

When you’re engaged in a rigorous workout schedule, it’s natural to want to take breaks. In fact, we’d argue that taking regular breaks is both healthy and essential, because this will help you avoid burnout, which is the last thing you want. However, this idea of taking breaks isn’t meant to be abused, and unfortunately, many people who take them enjoy the freedom of their breaks for a little too long. So how long of a workout break is too long?

A Week Max

The length of your workout break shouldn’t necessarily be the same for everyone. Everyone is on a different level and has their own specific routine, so peoples’ breaks should be customized accordingly. There is, however, a good ballpark range that can work for most people.

If you feel like you’ve been going all out, there’s nothing wrong with taking a week off. It’s a bit risky, because you can always fall into a sluggish routine. If you think that might happen, then perhaps a week is too long, and four days would be better.

However, if you’re confident enough that you’ll be able to jump right back into your workout schedule, then we believe one week is the perfect amount of time, without being too long.