Sunday, March 25, 2012

Resting up... But why?

Hello everyone!

I am starting Metamorphosis again tomorrow, I got re-motivated partly by the fact that my Continuity 1.3 is on the way (I should be getting it tomorrow actually).

We all know we need to rest every so often while working out, but how many of us know why?  I really didn't know why until I did some reading.

There's more to it than just resting the muscles, although that's a big reason and there's reasons within that too.  When you exercise, the muscles are actually getting broken down, not build. Building the strength comes on that rest day/other times when you rest.

Resting at least once a week helps prevent injuries that can cause you to take a really long rest, even up to having to take months off of exercise.  Not worth it! Take your rest days ladies! When you over train there is way too much stress on the body and eventually you just start getting hurt a lot easier.

Last, but definitely not least is the matter of your mental health.  Even the most hard core exerciser will eventually get burned out if they continue working out strenuously EVERY day.  Taking a day off gives you time to have some "You" time and gets you mentally prepared for the following day's workouts.

What happens when you don't rest? Over training.  How do you know if you are overtraining?

1. Irritability
2. Constant soreness
3. Getting sicker, easier
4. Constantly tired even if you've slept
5. Lacking ability to concentrate
6. Excessive weight loss 

If you really feel the need to move on your rest days, you could do so but something light- such as light swimming, stretching, or gentle yoga.

The article I read about this can be found here-

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