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3 Reasons Why Rest Days Are Important

3 Reasons Why Rest Days Are Important

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3 Reasons Why Rest Days Are Important

Rest and overtraning are often pushed to the side and not taken seriously - we are so busy rushing through our lives, trying to get as many workouts in as possible that we forget that our bodies actually need some time off to recover and restart before we put them through another hard routine. 

 

Sometimes it is hard to know if you are overtraning or need to take a rest day, but rule of thumb is to take at least a full day of rest. Doesn't mean you have to sit all day (but if your body is calling for it - then don't deny it!) but you need to make sure your body has an opportunity to recover after a tough week. 

 

But how do you know if you are tired and/or overtrainned? The most common sign is feeling exhausted and sore, and finding it generally hard to keep going but there are other signs to look for:

 

  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Loss of desire to train (or workouts you used to like to do!).

 

Have you found yourself snapping out of nowhere, or you can't go to sleep? but you're so tired? well maybe is it time to take a day off. 

 

Here's why rest days are as important as your training days:

 

1. Prevent Injuries.

Overtrainig will tire your muscles and can cause injuries in the long run. If you are feeling any kind of pain, or pinch or the kind of soreness that isn't enjoyable,  then take a day off. If you push it too hard without a break your muscles and joints suffer from overuse and that’s how injuries can happen. Believe me, the last thing you want is to be unable to workout all together because of an injury, we all know how hard it is to get back into regular training, and can sometimes take months!

2. Insomnia.

Too much exercise can put your body in a constant state of restlessness or on high alert making a good night’s sleep tough to achieve. If you ever wondered why you are so tired but can't sleep maybe this is one of reasons. I like to use a sleeping tracker and play nature sounds to relax. A good stretch also helps!

3. Your muscles need rest. 

If you lift or do any kind of strenght traning you are essentialy tearing your muscles fibers, and they need time to recover and regroup. That's why proper after workout nutrition is key, but resting is as important. You can mix up which musles you are working everyday, but eventually you will need to give them a break. 

 

When planning your workout routine, make sure to add a day where you can either stretch, take a gentle yoga class, walk or dedicated just to rest. I like to rest in the middle of the week, it feels like a midweek restart to tackle the rest of the week. But everyone is different, if the weekend is best for you, than choose a weekend day. Whatever it is, make sure to take a day off. We all need it!

 

When do you take your rest day?

 

Tell me in the comments on over instagram @anagoesfit. 

Xx

Ana

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