In the midst of working out regularly now at the gym, with bootcamp three days a week, and trying to run on the weekend, the importance of rest days has taken on a whole new meaning.
Just like in training for a race, rest days are important for many reasons. Your body needs time to recover. Working out too often, especially the same muscle groups, can cause stress and could lead to injury. Working out, such as resistance training, breaks down muscles. This is where rest days are important because it gives those muscles and your body time to repair itself.
In fact, sleep is equally important because your body’s growth hormone production increases which helps repair and rebuild those muscles.
Working hard for the last six weeks has brought new meaning to rest days. While I love every single second we spend in the gym and at bootcamp, I am ready for a rest day. But! Then I have guilt on rest days that I should be working out so I can reach my goal and continue to get stronger.
That is where active rest days come in. You don’t have to be a blob on the couch on your rest day. Sometimes NOT moving is the worst thing you can do. Here are suggestions for an active rest day that will benefit and help the recovery process.
- Foam Rolling
So, lace up those shoes on your next rest day and take a walk. Or enjoy your favorite yoga class which will do wonders for those sore muscles. Your body will thank you for that rest day the next time you are back in the gym.
What is your go-to activity on a rest day?