It's tempting to skip rest days when you're in the zone and truly enjoying your exercises. After all, you're making fantastic strides, your energy levels are skyrocketing, and each session leaves you buzzing. More exercise can only be beneficial, right?
No, not always. Exercise, like most things in life, is all about finding the right balance. While it's admirable that you want to work out harder and more frequently, rest and recovery time are essential components of any fitness program, and even elite athletes incorporate rest and recovery time into their weekly training schedules.
Here’s why you should take a rest day.
Rest Is Essential For Muscle Growth
When you exercise, whether it's interval training or lifting weights in the gym, you cause microscopic tears to your muscles. DOMS (delay onset muscle soreness) is caused by these tears after a particularly difficult workout or a new training session.
As your body heals these tears, your muscles become stronger, allowing you to execute the same activity with less effort the following time.
Replenish Body’s Energy Stores
Glycogen is a kind of energy that is stored in muscles. Glycogen levels are depleted during exercise, resulting in muscle fatigue. Rest days allow muscles to restore their glycogen reserves, lowering muscular exhaustion and preparing the muscles for the next session.
Reduce The Chance Of Injury
Remember those microscopic tears we mentioned? If you don't allow them time to heal, they might turn into muscle sprains, which means you'll be out for a lot longer than you expected.
Rest days are an important aspect of exercise for people of all fitness levels. You should take your rest days every 7–10 days or as needed to let the body and mind recuperate.
A rest day can be an active day filled with light workouts like walking or yoga or you may simply choose to spend the entire day relaxing.