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Why is a rest day important when exercising?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Listening to the body is an important thing to do when deciding in resting vs workout. Just how must rest you need when exercising all matters based on you.

why is a rest day important - ethical supplements

When you’re in your teens and even your 20’s you have an on button that’s rarely switched off. If we can only get an abundance of that energy back, right? You workout for hours upon hours, 7 days a week never getting tired. Well, that changes as you get older, and you can’t recover the same from a workout as when you’re in your mid-20’s. And so your body will give you signals like soreness, tightness, fatigue, and a little pain. And that’s most likely your body telling you it’s time to take a rest a day or two (or more).

What happens when you workout?

When you exercise it creates microscopic tears in your muscle tissue. But when you rest those cells are repairing and it’s called fibroblasts. During a workout, your body breaks down glycogen to help fuel your workout. And your rest time gives your body to replenish these energy stores before the next workout.

“Listening to the body is an important thing to do
when making a decision in resting vs workout”

When you workout it depletes your muscle glycogen levels and if those stores aren’t replaced then you will experience muscle fatigue or soreness. That is why we feel muscle fatigue or soreness and regular exercise is important in any regular workout activity regardless of how young you are. If you overtrain it makes you extremely vulnerable to muscle stress or strain which can potentially lead to injuries. If you overtrain if affects your performance, endurance, speed, strength, and recovery. As important it is to workout it’s JUST as important to rest your body. They are equally both important and if you understand that it will allow you to attain and maintain your fitness successfully.

Do you factor in a rest day?

How much Rest should I factor into working out?

Weightlifting, aerobic exercise, resistance training, walking, etc. are all workouts that need rest and recovery when you do enough of it per week. If you can rest at least 2-3 days a week for rest and recovery that’s enough time for your body to rest and recover from the workout you did during the week. Have you ever heard of the saying you’re only as good as your last workout? Well, you’re only as good as your last rest day too. So, embrace those rest days as much as you embrace the fitness workout as well.

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