Your day is packed with meetings, parent-teacher conferences, coffee dates, date dates, and binge-watching the latest series to drop on Netflix. Suddenly, Cortana says it's time to snag some shut-eye and you haven't made it to the gym. Again.
But is skipping the gym — for days in a row — really that big of a deal? Here's what the pros have to say about falling off the fitness wagon for a month (or more), and whether it has that drastic of an effect on your health.
1. Your heart ticks differently.
"After four days of zero aerobic exercise, your heart becomes less efficient, so you may notice shortness of breath sooner," says Michele Olson, Ph.D., professor of exercise science and lead researcher at Auburn University Montgomery's Scharff-Olson Kinesiology Lab. Too busy to hit spin class? Counteract this by incorporating more activity into your everyday tasks, Olson suggests. "Walk as much as you can, with your pets or up and down the stairs, and clean like a boss. You don't even need to leave your house because you have a built-in home gym if you try to be a neat freak," she says.