4 Reasons to Incorporate Rest Days into Your Fitness Routine
When you think of beginning a fitness and exercise routine, rest is probably the last thing on your mind. In fact, maybe too much resting is precisely the reason why “get fit” is now so high on your New Years priority list. But rest can also play an important part in your fitness routine. Rest can actually be so important that you may find it is the magic ingredient that helps you stick to your exercise program.
In this post, learn four key reasons why you should plan to incorporate rest days into your fitness routine.
#1: Rest allows your body to heal.
Many people don’t know this, but exercise activities can cause wear and tear on the body. Even if your fitness activities revolve around fun social sports like Ultimate Frisbee or cycling, your muscles, tendons and ligaments are changing and growing as you build muscle and burn fat. So they need some down time to make the necessary repairs in between workouts or you risk getting injured and sidelined.
In the worst cases, aspiring athletes are diagnosed with something called “over-training syndrome,” which at its core can be paraphrased as “failure to rest.” You definitely don’t want to fall into this category, which is why adding in rest days is critical.
#2: Rest adds much-needed variety to your workout schedule.
Boredom is one of the biggest enemies of working out and getting fit. If you do the same workout day in and day out, there is a very good chance you will eventually get bored. When you get bored, you will stop wanting to work out and may even forget why you started exercising in the first place. Then it will be easier to skip workouts and backslide.
On rest days, you can enjoy other aspects of life, and you should think of your rest days in this way. You can still stay active without “working out,” and this will give you time to look forward to that you can spend with family and friends and enjoy the extra energy and health fitness brings you.
#3: Rest clears your mind.
Rest is not just essential to repair your body. It is also very important for refocusing your mind so you remember life isn’t all about working out and sticking to a routine. Life is variable, multi-faceted, ever-changing and (sometimes) exhausting. In these times, it is great to take a rest!
#4: Rest can improve your workout results.
This last reason might genuinely surprise you. If so, you are not alone. But as you give your muscles and tendons time to heal and strengthen, brings in fresh oxygen and glycogen to your bloodstream, helps you mentally find ways to break through physical blocks in your workout and much more.
These four compelling reasons for including rest days as a legitimate facet of your fitness routine have changed many athletes’ daily lives and overall workout enjoyment and results for the better – perhaps you will be next!