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Most people struggle with finding time to exercise; but there are also those who exercise regularly, yet may not know how important it is to let your body rest and recover from the strain exercise puts on the body. For the avid exerciser, it can be difficult to take a rest day, because they feel guilty for taking a day off or they think it will derail their progress, but that is not true. Overtraining can be detrimental to any goals you may have set for yourself and can be the cause of injury and fatigue. The body recovers and rebuilds during rest days and if it doesn’t get the proper time to do that, it will not perform at its optimal level.

When you exercise, your body uses energy and your muscle tissue breaks down. Without recovery time, your body can’t repair the damaged tissue. During recovery, your muscles have time to rest and rebuild so they can become stronger. Your body is able to adjust to the demand you have put on it, so the next time you exercise, you can push harder and possibly reach the next level of fitness. Without the recovery, you will become weaker and your body will be too fatigued to perform like it should. You will not get the results you are looking for.

Active recovery or short-term recovery refers to the low-impact exercise you do right after an intense workout and days following. You should always cool down after you exercise and you shouldn’t do another intense workout the following day. You should never be working out strenuously seven days a week. It is always good to have at least one to two rest days per week. If you do have an intense training schedule, it is best to take a whole week off each month. This gives your body adequate time for recovery.

You have to listen to your body. It will always tell you how it is doing. If you are feeling extremely tired, sore, and achy, your body is telling you it’s fatigued and you should take a break. This also pertains to people who are new to exercise. Even though you may not be working out as many days as an experienced exerciser, your body still has to adjust to the new stress you are putting on it. The bottom line is there has to be a balance, which pertains to everything in life. If you are in tune with your body and want to see progress, you must take the time to heal. Relaxation and rest is not a bad thing, it is a gift.

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