WHY REST DAYS ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR WORKOUT

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Lots of us have that ‘must workout everyday’ mindset in order to reach our goals, but that isn’t the case. While daily exercise is good for your health, a daily strenuous workout at the gym isn’t.

Our bodies need time to recover and if you’re not sparing yourself this time, you are bound to be doing more harm than good. If your body is undergoing too much stress, you could face overuse injuries such as, stress fractures, muscle strains and joint pain [1]. Rest periods enable muscles to recover both stronger and larger. So it turns out, while we’re trying to build muscle in the weights room, it’s rest which actually forms them.


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Sleep is a major factor which should be noted! If you’re one for flicking on a new season of your favourite show at 1am, and not switching off until 3am, you should know that a lack of sleep is not only detrimental to your health, but it can also impede your weight loss goals. During sleep, your body’s assembly of growth hormone increases, which helps in rebuilding muscles after your workout [1]. So, if you’re not getting enough shut-eye on a regular basis, your workout efforts will be for naught!

A bad night’s sleep is also known to decrease your focus and attention, have negative effects on your memory and make you prone to mistakes [2].

However, sleep isn’t the only enemy amongst our daily routines… When your rest day finally arrives, don’t feed into temptation by digging into your favourite snacks. Or, if you’re really finding it difficult, ensure you are keeping track of what you’ve eaten and the number of calories you’re consuming – cutting out late night snacking is also a good fix to get into the habit of.

Now, we’re not going to give you a ‘one size fits all’ approach to how many rest days you actually need. Because lots of research suggests different things. Your rest days can depend on lots of things such as age or how many times you workout in the week. Just do what feels right for your body but allow some time to recover and let your muscles do their thing!

Have you got a workout routine that works well with your rest days? Or have you got tips on how to avoid giving in to temptation? Let us know, hit us up on Twitter!


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[1] https://www.theactivetimes.com/why-rest-days-are-just-important-working-out

[2] https://www.theactivetimes.com/health-benefits-good-nights-sleep

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