A rest day is a day in which a person takes a break from their regular workout routine. Rest days are an important part of any exercise program. They give the body a chance to repair and recover, and help to prevent injury. A person should plan to take regular rest days and should learn to recognize when extra rest days are necessary. The health benefits of rest days include:
1. Prevent injury
Overtraining puts repetitive stress and strain on the muscles, increasing the risk of injury. Taking a rest day from the gym is important and helps to minimize the risk of injury!
2. Allows the mind to rest
Overtraining can tire the mind as well as the body. In turn, tiredness can lead to poor decision making during a workout routine, which increases the risk of injury.
3. Replenishes the body's energy stores
Glycogen is a form of energy stored in muscles. Exercise depletes glycogen levels, which leads to muscle fatigue. Rest days allow the muscles to replenish their glycogen stores, thereby reducing muscle fatigue and preparing the muscles for their next workout.
4. Repair and strengthen muscle tissue
Exercise creates very small tears in muscle tissue. During rest days, cells repair and build up the muscle tissue, ensuring you come back stronger for your next session!
How you spend your rest day or two is up to you! Some good ways to destress are to cycle, walk, play a sport like golf or tennis or read a book/catch up with friends.
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