One trainer’s take on the importance of skipping the gym.
If you’ve recently committed to a fitness plan, your enthusiasm may push you to hit the gym every single day. No matter how excited you are to reach that fitness goal, don’t. Trust us: Your mind and body need a recovery day.
Most fitness plans call for three to four workouts a week, not seven. That’s because exercise places stress on your muscles and joints. This is a good kind of stress, as long as your body gets a day or two off to recover. Not giving your body a rest day could lead to overuse injuries, like plantar fasciitis.
A recovery day doesn’t have to mean doing nothing, though. If you’re looking to maintain an active lifestyle even on a rest day, here’s what to do on rest days:
Low-intensity activity like walking the dog or riding a bike
Stretch it out (try practicing these daily stretches)
Eat right for fuel for tomorrow’s workout
Hydrate to make up for all that sweating
Notice anything? These are all healthy habits you should be doing anyway, even if you’re not on a fitness plan! So schedule out your four-day workout, and dedicate the remaining rest days to spend time with friends, family, and your adorable dog.
Coach, trainer, and 10-year veteran of the fitness world, Holly Rilinger is known as one of the most inspiring motivational trainers in the game.
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rest are the unsung hero of fitness.
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You need a break mentally.
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The other thing is,
you want to avoid injury.
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Your body needs a break.
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It's only gonna get you
closer to your goals.
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Now leave me alone, it's my day off.
Your Guide To Physical Activity and Your Heart. Bethesda, MD: National Institute of Health: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2006. (Accessed March 29, 2017 at https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/resources/heart/obesity-guide-physical-active-html - tc26.)