Nothing is better that getting into a workout routine and sticking with it until it basically becomes a habit. Some people even get to the point where they can’t function during their day without getting their workout in, just like caffeine. But even the best athletes take time away from working out. Whether an injury comes along and puts you on the side line or something else gets in the way, at some point, you are going to have an extended period of time when you are not exercising (by “extended”, I mean greater than 3 or 4 weeks). When this point comes along, it is going to be really hard to not move extensively during your period of rest and once the rest period is over, you are going to want to get right back into it. But here is where you have to be disciplined. You could go out and immediately run a marathon or lift a heavy weight because of all the energy you have built up from being cooped up, but this will likely put you right back on the bench with an injury. Because of this extended period of time off, your muscles have started to “forget” the stuff you have been “teaching” them during each workout. They need to be slightly retrained in order to get back into the routine. This is done by easing back into it instead of trying to start where you left off. This does not mean that you have to completely restart from the very beginning because you still have some of the same neuromuscular pathways connected. But their are some factors that determine how long it is going to take such as: time off, age, previous injuries, nutrition, and how well you “ease”. The longer you are off, the older you are, the more previous injuries you have, the worse you eat, and the more you try and rush it, the longer it is going to take to get back to to where you ended. According to Runner’s Word, you should expect about 2 days of training for everyday that you were resting in order to get back to where you were. This may seem like a lot of time, but just keep a positive attitude because before you know it, you will be back to your old self again!