It can be tempting to keep pushing your body in the hopes that working harder will bring more results faster. However, that simply isn’t how the human body works. Rest is just as important as your workout, which is why you should be deliberate about your rest time. Here are some benefits of a recovery day and some suggestions for how to maximize it.
As you are exercising you are sweating and burning up glycogen which is stored in the muscles. A rest day allows your body to replenish these vital components. In addition, muscle growth occurs as the result of microscopic tears in the tissue. Resting allows the tears to heal and become stronger.
Less Muscle Fatigue
If you are feeling sluggish during a workout, it may be time for a rest day. If glycogen levels aren’t allowed to restore, you will feel fatigued. Not only will you end up struggling through a workout, but you could also make yourself more susceptible to injury. When your mind and body are tired, you are more likely to make a misstep or not use proper form.
Being tired and worn out can make it difficult to get through your day, let alone push yourself during a workout. There will be days when you don’t feel as motivated, but it is important to listen to your body. There is a difference between being fatigued and not having the enthusiasm to crush your workout. Taking a rest day will give you the opportunity to recover and come back with more energy so that you can also enjoy better performance during your workout.
Exercise affects everything from your nerves and muscles to your hormone levels. Physical activity triggers the production of cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones will give you an energy boost, but with excessive exercise, these hormones will go into overdrive. One of the big side effects of hormone overproduction is poor sleep, which will only further exacerbate any feelings of fatigue.
What to Do on Your Rest Day
Keep in mind that a rest day doesn’t mean that you have to stay on the couch. The goal is to not stress your body, which means low-impact activities like yoga, walking, biking, and kayaking are all great options to keep you moving while also allowing your body to recover. When it comes to your rest day diet, you won’t need to consume as many calories, but you should still make sure that you are getting enough protein. This will also help your muscles recover.
Ultimately, you will see more results, have better workouts, and just plain feel better with scheduled rest days. Always listen to your body and don’t feel guilty about a rest day.
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