Are you one of those who feel terribly guilty for missing workout for a day? Then, here is something you should know. Taking one day off in a week from the gym is actually a good practice. Your body needs that to replenish and react to the exercises you do on a daily basis.
A research has found that women who were Olympic rowers had more signs of inflammation and lower levels of bone strength in their blood during the intense weeks of training when compared to the weeks which had day offs. So, taking time off is actually a practice many professionals and experts resort to.
Well, you are not an exception; give your body the rest it deserves and here is how and why you should do it.
Now, how often should you rest? That depends on what sort of routine you are into. If you are a beginner, experts’ advice is to take time off every third day. And if you are somebody who does intense workouts, then, you would need one recovery day every week. Some say that taking a week to de-train after every 8 weeks is also a good drill.
Doing it right
Taking a day off from gym means to stay away from physical activity. It doesn’t make sense if you go for a game of football or badminton on your rest days. On these days, you should be completely off from any form of exercise. Unless you are a beginner or your workout routine falls on the lighter end, your recovery days must be completely inactive.
During these rest days or recovery days, it is important to make sure that your mind gets enough rest as well. Taking off from gym but constantly worrying about slacking at the workout routine is not going to help. Meditate for a while, take a walk in the park, play with your kids/pets, or spend some quality time with your family. Basically, do anything that can keep your mind relaxed on the rest days.
The bottom line, your rest days are as important as workout days. You know, the quote “too much is too bad” is there for a reason.