The Case for Rest

There’s an amazing feeling of accomplishment after leaving your training session completely exhausted. Whether you ran a new PR, benched the most weight of your life or had an extremely good practice session, it feels good to push yourself and succeed.

This blog, however, is meant to remind you that you can’t do that each time and maintain a healthy lifestyle. ‘No pain, no gain’ has a lot of truth to it, but rest days are just as important as hard workout days. Here’s why:

Recovery

Without a proper recovery period, muscles simply can’t perform at their┬ápeak ability. Sometimes that recovery period can be up to several days. Soreness is a great indicator that your muscles are damaged and need to recover. Not allowing your body to properly recover simply means that your muscles won’t perform at their best the next time around, leading to worse results and discouragement.

Injury

Overtraining can lead to injuries. If you think taking a few days off to recover is difficult, just imagine an injury sidelining you for weeks. But the chances of that happening go up when the body isn’t allowed to recover properly. Fully recovered muscles come back stronger, meaning they can withstand more. Chances of injuries go down when you rest.

Ultimately, rest days are simply listening to your body and investing in your future performance. If you’re sore, tired or mentally drained, it may be your body telling you to take the day off. If you truly want to improve, take it’s advice.

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