What happened to your body by skipping the gym this winter?

If you hit pause on your workouts for more than a week, you might be throwing your fitness level into rewind.

Story highlights

  • It's actually good for you to skip workouts from time to time
  • But wait too long and you might actually be throwing your fitness level into rewind
  • Ease back into workouts to avoid injury

(CNN)No matter how dedicated you are to fitness, sooner or later, it's going to happen: You're going to skip a workout ... and another ... and another. Maybe you can blame the weather, a vacation, a mile-high pile of paperwork at the office or just your run-of-the-mill funk. Whatever the reason, before you know it, you're out of shape.

Neglecting the gym every once in a while is nothing to worry about -- after