Hey Angels and Alphas,
When you’re training to reach your fitness goals, it’s important to understand how much rest you need between each workout.
While this may vary depending on what you’re doing and how hard you push yourself, the most important thing to understand is that your body needs time to recover from the stress of training, and your time in the gym is not simply a matter of pushing yourself as hard as possible and then stopping when you are tired.
You should listen to your body and allow it to recover sufficiently before pushing it again, or else your results will suffer in the long run.
What are rest days?
Rest days are an important part of any workout routine. They give your body time to recover from the stress of exercise and allow your muscles to grow. Without proper recovery, you may find yourself feeling sore and unable to continue working out at the same intensity. There are a few things you can do to make sure you’re getting the most out of your rest days.
How many rest days should I have per week?
Depending on how often you workout and how intense your workouts are, you might need anywhere from one to three rest days per week. If you’re just starting out, you might need more rest days than someone who’s been working out for a while. And if you’re training for a specific event, you might need more or less rest days than usual. The important thing is to listen to your body and give it the rest it needs.
What should I do on my off days?
First, it’s important to give your body a chance to recover from your workouts. This means getting enough sleep and eating a nutritious diet. Second, you can still stay active on your off days by doing light cardio or stretching. This will help keep your body loose and prevent stiffness. Third, take some time to focus on your mental health. Relaxation techniques such as meditation can help reduce stress and improve your mood. Fourth, make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Should I train the same muscle groups back-to-back?
No, you should not train the same muscle groups back-to-back. This can lead to overtraining and injury. Instead, focus on one or two muscle groups per day and give yourself at least 48 hours of rest in between workouts. This will help your muscles recover properly so you can hit the gym hard when it’s time to train again.
What happens if I don’t give my body proper time to recuperate between workouts?
You might be surprised to find that not giving your body proper time to recover can actually lead to a number of problems. For one, you might find yourself feeling more fatigued than usual and your performance in the gym may start to suffer as a result. Additionally, you might start to see an increase in injuries, as your body isn’t given the chance to properly heal. In extreme cases, you may even find yourself getting sick more often.
Am I losing gains by taking active recovery type activities on my off days?
No, you’re not losing gains by taking active recovery type activities on your off days. In fact, you’re actually helping your body to recover and repair itself so that you can come back stronger the next time you hit the gym.
What should I actually do on my active recovery day?
1. First, you need to find a balance between rest and activity. Too much rest can lead to stagnation, while too much activity can lead to overtraining.
2. Second, focus on quality over quantity. It’s better to do a few things well than to try to do everything at once and end up doing nothing well.
3. Third, choose activities that will actually help you recover. This might include things like foam rolling, light stretching, light cardio, hiking, cycling, swimming, a trip to the beach, the possibilities are endless!