Q: I got busy and missed a day in my five-day-a-week plan. Do I go ahead with the next scheduled workout or skip ahead and lose my rest day?

A: Don’t consider missing a day as a setback—instead, call it your rest day and continue with your next scheduled workout, says Hers technical adviser Gino Caccavale. Then take your original rest day off or work through it to the next scheduled one, depending on how you feel and where you are in your routine. The extra rest may even do you good. “Two days of rest in a four-day period can help your recovery and progress and prevent overtraining,” says Caccavale. Then have your Day 1 training focus on the areas you most want to improve, since you’ll be most rested for that session.

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