Rest...something we talk about a lot when it comes to health and fitness, but many of us still don't fully understand the importance and how to effectively implement it into our workout schedules. We're here to answer your questions and give you some tips for using periods of rest to your advantage.
Believe it or not, many benefits of exercise don't actually happen during your workout, they occur during your recovery periods. It's while you're resting that your muscles repair and become stronger, fueling your progress and ability to give it your all in your next workout. If you don't give yourself adequate rest, you may feel run down, unmotivated, and can set yourself up for injury. So, how do we include rest in our routines?
There are lots of ways to implement rest days: sometimes it means taking advantage of a day off and getting some extra sleep, taking a nap, spending some extra time lounging and deliberately not exercising for the day. For those of you who thrive on daily exercise, it might mean taking a long walk or doing some gentle yoga.
The main point is that you don't put added stress on the body - your rest day is not the day to try a challenging HIIT workout or take a 20 mile bike ride. Think low intensity and moderate so you can dial things up during your next workout.