This post couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m currently sitting on my couch, on a Monday, completely exhausted. I burned the candle at both ends last week and feel like I don’t have anything left to give. Which means I need some time to recover.
But today I want to talk about recovering from exercise. I feel like it can be hard to figure out how much is too much, when to rest, and when to push through. Especially when you’re just starting to work out and everything hurts, for sometimes months at a time. And every person is a bit different. So I wanted to share my own experience and what I’ve learned from 10+ years of working out regularly.
You HAVE TO rest. I know there are some fitness influencers and experts out there who talk about no rest days or “active rest days” but without rest, the body can’t repair.
- Rest helps heal and repair many different things in our body like heart and blood vessels.
- Rest keeps our immune system strong.
- Rest helps maintain a healthy balance of hormones, some of which regular hunger cues.
- Rest helps repair muscle tissues that have been broken down during workouts.
Rest not only means a stronger body inside, but it means you will have a stronger looking body on the outside. If you constantly work out and do not rest, your body is in a constant state of inflammation. When you remove it from an inflammatory state for a day or two, it has time to repair those muscles that were broken down. Repaired muscles = toned muscles.
If you’re one of those people who doesn’t believe in rest days and always “actively…