WHY RESTING MAKES YOU STRONGER
Endorphins can be addictive especially when you find an exercise routine that you love. Sometimes it may even be motivation to get you out of bed each day. It can even be what you plan your week around. While you maybe going full speed ahead, there’s aone important aspect of that "fit life" that we all often brushed over.
Rest, as crazy as it may sounds, is an essential part of any training program. Often without much consideration, rest could be holding you back from breaking through a plateau. Take a second and listen to your body. If you’re feeling worn out, lacking progress, or you’re in your zone, a rest or “de-load” week could be the best thing you can do for yourself.
The idea of taking a whole week off exercise may be daunting, but it’s not the end of the world! Although you’re meant to be resetting your body, you don’t need to cease exercise all together. Reduce the intensity of your workouts by going for a walk, a bike ride, or taking a yoga class. Get a massage or facial, hey why not both? If you’re going on a holiday, then that's even better. Plan to rest celebrate rest as the same time.
Taking a few days off is a drop in the ocean in terms of your fitness goals. You’re at no risk at losing fitness or “progress”. You might want to think about it in the reverse. Resting for a few days gives your joints and tissues a chance to repair, your central nervous system time to recover, and also gives you a mental break from exercise for a while.
Try it out. With rest there's little to lose and so much to gain. We know it may sound CRAY CRAY. But always remember to work with your body, and it will work for you, forever.