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by Lesley Handley

Rest Days – We All Need to Take Them!

When people embark on new fitness program’s they often train as much as they can and don’t give their body time to recover. Rest days are just as important as training days, and everyone needs to take them.

1. Muscles need rest…

It’s not about the saying of ‘no pain no gain’, if your muscles are becoming permanently achy then it’s time to take a day or two rest. Sore muscles after a training session is actually the pain of muscle damage – muscle fibers tend to stretch and break during exercise and these fibers then need time to repair and grow allowing them to develop/strengthen and reduce further breakage over time.

2. Prevent injuries…

There is only so much that the body can take within training and often injuries can come about simply by over use of certain muscles or muscle groups. A great example of this is shin splints; this injury is common in new runners who go from doing very little to trying to run every day and shin splints are often the result – the cure for them… REST!

3. Stronger immune system…

Exercise is a great way to improve the immune system, which also plays a big role in recovery. However too much exercise and no time for the body to recover has the opposite effect on the immune system. Feeling run-down, or colds hanging around longer than usual often indicates that some rest is required to let the body catch back up on itself.

4. Improved Performance…

Yes… believe it or not a few days rest can help improve your performance. Some people don’t want to miss a couple of days in case it affects the progress they have already made, but for most people it generally takes 1 or 2 weeks of no activity before they notice a change in their performance.

Lesley

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