Rest Days are Important Days

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Is Sunday your rest day? Or do you pick a busier day during the week? It’s great if you want to be a superstar and exercise everyday but do you know that can actually be worse for your body? Here is a simple breakdown on why…..

Rest days are very important to sports performance and definition, rest is necessary so that the muscles can repair and rebuild. Making rest days part of your routine can help you maintain a better balance between life and fitness goals.

What Happens During Recovery?

During this time your body adapts to the stresses of exercise and the results of your training take effect only during rest. Recovery allows the body to replenish energy stores (glycogen) and repair tissues damaged in the concentric motion of your rep. Exercise or any other physical work causes damages to your body such as muscle breakdown and fluid loss (electrolytes).

Recovery allows tissue repair to occur, if you don’t give your body enough time to repair and replenish, it will continue to breakdown from intensive exercise AKA over-training. Signs of overtraining include a feeling of tiredness, lack of motivation, depression, decreased performance and increased risk of injury.

Active recovery is a common term that you might be familiar with occurs in the hours immediately after intense exercise. Active recovery refers to engaging in low-intensity exercise(or even walks and daily activities) During this time your body replenishes energy stores and fluids lost during exercise and starts the process of protein synthesis (This is when the protein content of muscle cells replenishes if you have eaten the right foods after your workout.

So there you have it, make sure do modify your workout accordingly, it depends on your split. By that I mean training log. If you do Monday, Wednesday, Friday workouts than that’s plenty of rest, eventually you can work your way up to alternating cardio on the in between days as long as your working different body parts.

So enjoy your rest day and know that your muscles only build on rest, feed them lots of protein and have a great sleep.


2 responses to “Rest Days are Important Days

  1. I agree that it’s important to schedule in the rest days…especially for those of us over 40 😉
    great post!

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