At first all you want is a rest day. You are working so damn hard all week-long and your body is so incredibly sore and tired. You can not wait for that awesome day of nothing – of rest. I know how it goes!
When I first started my fitness journey, I used to workout all week-long just waiting for that rest day. I still wasn’t completely into working out and didn’t like it very much – so I used that rest day as a reward! 🙂
Eventually, that can flip and be the complete opposite. Call me crazy if you want to, but as you get more into your training, you can actually start to develop the “never skip a day” or “team no off days” mentality. You’ll find yourself missing the weights or even feeling guilty for having that day of rest.
For some of us, you miss the weights and that awesome feeling that working out will give you – but you learn to like rest days and you know that they are so beneficial to your body and your growing muscles.
Whichever way that you feel – you still need to rest your body. End of discussion.
Mind / Soul
It is sooo good for you to take that rest day. To reorganize yourself, adjust your goals, reflect on your progress or your workouts. Whatever it may be, this is such an awesome time to slow down and think about how you’re going to move forward.
Take this time to meditate and clear your mind from any doubts, excuses, or stress that may be happening in your life right now.
Use your rest day to write out your new goals for the week and really focus in on them. Write down some positive affirmations and say them over and over again. Might sound
crazy but it does some GOOD for that mind of yours. Hearing positive affirmations can
take your negative mood (if you are having a bad day) and turn them into positive thoughts! It’s
Relax and rest your mind.
And let’s refocus!
What you don’t realize is that your body has been working hard all week-long, you’ve actually been tearing your muscle with microscopic tears while resistance training. Your muscles need that time to rebuild themselves and recover. Rest days are just as important in the process of building muscle, as your workout days are.
If you’re not taking enough rest days, you can risk yourself with over training.
“When you perform excessive amounts of exercise without proper rest and recovery you may experience some harmful side effects including decreased performance, fatigue, altered hormonal states, poor sleeping patterns, reproductive disorders, decreased immunity, loss of appetite, and mood swings.”
To me, that does not sound fun at all. Yes, we hear all the time that we need to be moving all the time, and being sedentary isn’t good for us. However, taking even ONE day of rest from your workout schedule is OKAY. If you want to incorporate a yoga class, or some stretching – be my guest! That is amazing for your ligaments, joints and connective tissue.
Take The Day Off
If you’ve learned something here, I am so happy you came! Resting is so important in your fitness journey, and I would hate to see you over-training and losing all those precious gains that you have been making in the gym.
Listen to your body, and take your rest days! If your body is screaming at you or it just feels slow and exhausted – rest up, babe! The gym will always be there, and I bet you come back the next day feeling so much stronger than if you worked out when your body was hinting at you to rest!
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