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Why Are Rest Days Important?

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. 

 

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I love the rope for a great upper body workout.

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. 

 

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Yoga is the perfect active rest day activity.

 

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.

 

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • 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?

 

 

4 Comments

  1. I work out often too! I love it. But my body needs rest sometimes too. I am actually about to challenge myself to do 100 squats, lunges and pushup a day! Pray for me. Yoga could help my body relax!

  2. I think I’ve taken rest days a little too far. It’s time to get off my butt!
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  4. I had to learn to give my body a rest the hard way. I wanted to see some big results so I wanted to go hard but I have realized that my body needs rest. I have used my rest days to try yoga.
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