3 Reasons to Schedule a Rest Day

14 May

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When it comes to training, it can take time to find the right balance. If you regularly do intense workouts, then its possible to burn out, but if you are not consistent, you won’t see results.

The solution to the problem? Make sure your workout routine contains an easy rest day that incorporates rest…yes, REST!  Here are 3 reasons why a rest day is such a good idea.

 

1.  It helps your body repair itself : Exercise can cause tiny tears in your muscles, and rest is what will help the muscles recover, rebuild and become stronger. Make sure you give your body ample time to repair and replenish energy every week to avoid injury and overuse.

Personally, I take 2 rest days a week. I also make sure I never work the same muscle groups 2 days in a row and always have a whey protein shake after a workout to aid in the repair of muscle tears.

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2.  You’ll help prevent injury : That nagging pain in your ankle can become a full-blown chronic injury if you refuse to take time off from your intense workout routine. Make sure you ice and rest your body regularly, especially when you feel a possible injury coming on.

I went through a stage where I was stubborn and wouldn’t rest, because I was scared that I would lose momentum.  But that caused further injury and I was then forced to stop workouts for 2 weeks! So listen to your body and rest. But also be aware of when it is a real injury or if you’re just being lazy lol.

ice pack

 

 

3.  It helps your mentally.  It can be hard to stick with a routine, especially if you are burnt out. And while exercise is one of the best ways to lift your mood, feeling guilty when you’ve missed a workout and stressing over whether or not you’ve worked out enough can be major demotivators.

Make a standing date for a rest day during the week so you aren’t second-guessing your decision to sleep instead of getting up to work out.

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Remember, rest days are not days to eat junk. Keep your nutrition clean and you will see results faster.

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5 Responses to “3 Reasons to Schedule a Rest Day”

  1. Colin DeWaay May 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    Good stuff. I definitely schedule a rest day every week (as well as an active rest day) but I don’t have to like it! haha

    • nataliegermishuys May 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

      Hahahaha…mine are Tuesday and Sunday. Thank you Chalean Extreme!! lol.

  2. nataliegermishuys July 2, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    🙂

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