Getting Over Your Anxiety For Rest Days You already know that exercising regularly is key to staying fit, preventing certain chronic diseases, and generally feeling better about yourself. These benefits of exercise are widely documented. But what about the benefits of…not exercising? When it comes to exercise, the truth is that more is not always better. It’s a trap that both newbies and seasoned athletes fall into, though usually for different reasons. Those who are new to fitness may be extra enthusiastic, and inadvertently overdo it by immediately jumping into an intense routine. Athletes may be training for an event, and can easily forget or ignore the importance of resting. As a society with full and busy lives, people are made to feel guilty for taking time to relax. It’s often seen as a waste of time—which couldn’t be further from the truth. Rest days are an integral part of any fitness routine, yet many people fear them. They might be afraid of losing progress that they’ve made, or of becoming out of shape. But if you’re already committed to regular exercise, taking one day off will not make you lazy, and it certainly won’t cause you to gain weight. So why should you take rest days? For starters, they give your muscles a chance to recover. You already know that you shouldn’t do a heavy upper body workout two days in a row, because that set of muscles needs a chance to recover. In fact, it is during this recovery time that your muscles actually grow and become stronger. If you’re not taking the time to rest properly, your muscles won’t have the opportunity to rebuild—so if you’re overtraining, you might not see the results you want . Rest days also give you a chance to mentally recharge. If you’re in the midst of an intense training cycle, it’s easy to get burned out. You might feel discouraged that you’re not meeting a certain goal and think the only way to reach it is to push yourself harder. In reality, you might just need a little break. Taking a day or two away from the gym will give you a chance to rest, so that you can return with renewed energy and determination. Here are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind when it comes to rest days: Do…schedule rest days. It’s important to think about rest days as just another part of your exercise routine, and to schedule them accordingly—just as you would a leg day, or a long run. If they’re part of your regimen, you’ll be less tempted to skip them. Don’t…use rest days to do other forms of exercise. If you’re a runner but decide to do some weightlifting or yoga on your rest day…well, it’s not a rest day! Cross training is wonderful but save rest days for actual rest. Do…consider taking a rest week. Every few months, it’s a good idea to recharge completely by taking an entire week off from exercise. Try doing this after you finish training for a race or meet a big weightlifting goal. Remember: rest days are essential to both getting fit and staying healthy. Listen to your body, and slow down when necessary. About the Author: David Quenneville FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch ! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance| Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Pinterest , LinkedIn