by James Richardson
Vertex Education Ambassador, Fitness
Rest day. There are many reasons to have a rest day/days. It’s something that everyone needs even if you don’t want to rest and take a break. Your muscles and body will thank you. In this blog we cover the top seven reasons why it’s important.
1. Helps Prevent Injuries. It is a common misconception that the more you train, the better your body will become at adapting to physical stress. In fact, overtraining can actually have the opposite effect.
2.Increases Motivation. One of the most common reasons people stop exercising is a lack of motivation. They are considerably more likely to quit the gym if they are discouraged and fatigued. Overtraining to the point where every session is dreaded without taking into account recuperation time is a definite method for members to arrive at this viewpoint.
3. Improves Sleep Quality. If you’re active most days, rest days actually improve sleep quality. During sleep, your nervous system is restored and your energy is reserved.
4. Supports a Healthy Immune System. Exercise is a great form of stress relief and physical activity can help you feel better. But too much exercise can lead to immune system suppression, which may leave you more susceptible to illness.
5.Improves Concentration. Taking a break from exercising can help you regain your focus and attention. You will find that the task at hand is easier to complete when you are not mentally exhausted from exercising.
6.Rest Helps Develop Muscles. Rest is necessary for the development of muscles. Your muscles experience small tears after exercise. However, fibroblast-type cells help repair it while you’re sleeping. This promotes tissue growth and healing, which builds stronger muscles. A person should schedule regular rest days and learn to identify when additional rest days are required.
7. Improves Optimal Performance. Rest and recovery are an essential part of any training program. Without adequate rest, you can’t expect to perform at your best. Resting the body improves optimal performance. Increased energy levels lead to higher quality in each training session.
We hope these seven reasons help you understand the importance of having rest days because the benefits are too great to ignore. Such as better sleep, tissue growth and healing, increased motivation, regain focus and attention, and injury prevention. So please consider including rest days into your exercise routine!