The importance of rest and recovery

Who needs to rest?

Rest and RecoverySo you’ve been to the gym everyday and you push yourself even when your muscles haven’t recovered from the previous work out.  Eventually you find you’re going backwards, your performance drops, you start feeling weak, you have aches and pains and mentally you feel down, irritable and moody. What’s going on?

Training right involves two parts, pushing or overloading the body during exercise, and recovery.  Both work hand in hand in obtaining the results you want from your body.  Too much overload and not enough recovery can lead you down the path of overtraining.  Many symptoms arise from overtraining including:

  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Increased Resting Heart Rate
  • Decreased Immunity
  • Loss in appetite

“But I love training and I don’t want to cut back so much”.

Exercise SmarterNo Problem!  Here’s the key.  Rest is important and you will have to obtain a balance.

You can however exercise more effectively and efficiently by breaking up your work out.  Split your exercise schedule into muscle groups and focus on a different muscle group each day.  When you work one group, the others will be resting that day and given time to recover.  When doing cardio training, mix it up with a variety such as running, swimming, cycling and keep conscious of your intensity and the recovery your body will need once you finish.

As your performance increases your recovery time will shorten and you will find yourself in a happy healthy state without any of the problems associated with overtraining.

Keep in mind rest and recovery is key to better your performance, resting your body gives your system time to repair and adapt to the physical activities you want your body to do.  Rest allows the body to replenish energy stores and fluid loss and can also provide a boost to your confidence and performance when you exercise again.      

Now go on and Train Hard and Rest Well