Exercising and being disciplined are extremely important factors when it comes to achieving our fitness goals. However, as with anything in life it is important that we implement balance and ensure that we get a break from our routines and give our bodies adequate time to rest and recover.
Why is taking a break important?
- Helps to prevent injury: exercising without taking time to rest means that your muscles run the risk of becoming overused which can lead to injuries
- Allows your muscles time to repair: rest days give our muscles time to grow and repair which ultimately allows you to gain benefits of the training that you’re doing.
- Helps to keep you from burning out both physically and mentally: exercising is a form of stress that we place on our bodies, when we place too much stress on our bodies we can burn ourselves out mentally (lacking motivation and enthusiasm to engage in activities that we typically enjoy) and physically (not seeing any progress in our training and even struggling to maintain the same intensity and consistency in our training).
Refusing to take rest days and not giving your body time to recover is not only counterproductive to the goals you hope to achieve, but it is also an extremely unhealthy way of thinking.
This past week I didn’t train at all and was not as regimented with my nutrition as I would usually be. I didn’t lose my gains and I’ve not turned into a massive blob. Instead, I feel rested and ready to smash a new block of training.
The key point I want you guys to take away from today’s post is the importance of listening to your body and your mind. Be sure to give yourself a break from your routine and speak out if you feel anxiety about taking time away from the gym.
Just some food for thought.