For this week’s Training Tip, I thought I’d dig into the one day a week some of us DO and some of us DON’T look forward to the most..
THE REST DAY.
I, for one, can sometimes be the worst at this. Hey, I’m aware of the problem. LOL.
Our bodies need to rest just as much as they need to get up and get moving. Yet, many of us don’t take that time to completely recover because we feel when we’re IN MOTION is when our bodies react to what we need them to do! Rest day is part of that process!
When we workout we are tearing apart and breaking down our muscle fibers:
It may sound intense, but it’s true! When we’re lifting or jumping or running we’re essentially challenging our muscle fibers to meet the demands of the workouts we’re doing. Our bodies DO adapt because they are SMART, but that’s why it’s so important to ease up on their usage and give them a day to RECOVER.
Recovery is part of the process for our progress:
When we rest, and we also continue our proper nutrition, we are allowing our muscles to repair and rejuvenate themselves. Just as it’s important to drink water to hydrate our muscles, they need time to take in what we take in – they also need time to replace glycogen in the fibers so that they can be used again at their full potential. We are so used to working out that we don’t realize that’s only half of the battle!
Lesson Learned: A rest day is NEEDED!
I know, for me, it’s tough to sit still and I am the type of person who likes to stay busy ALL of the time. Yet, I’m also the type that when I do go GO GO all of the time, I crash and burn. I have to proactively PLAN a Rest Day for a Movie or time with hubby low key so that I can get the value out of it and prevent BURN OUT. I also have to prevent injury that could keep me from doing what I love to do most!