Most people know that getting enough rest after exercise is essential to high-level performance, but many still over train and feel guilty when they take a day off. The body repairs and strengthens itself in the time between workouts, and continuous training can actually weaken the strongest of people.
Rest days are critical to performance for a variety of reasons. Some are physiological and some are psychological. Rest is physically necessary so that the muscles can repair, rebuild and strengthen. For recreational athletes like most of us ( ), building in rest days can help maintain a better balance between home, work and fitness goals.
Here are some posts I’ve done on rest and recovery:
- 1/5 Overtraining Syndrome
- 2/5 Top 10 Recovery Tips
- 3/5 Rest & Recovery
- 4/5 Never hit a training plateau again
- 5/5 Top 10 ways to achieve your personal best
- Take Care of Yourself: Part 1
- Take Care of Yourself: Part 2: Eat Well
- Take Care of Yourself: Part 3: Sleep Well
- Take Care of Yourself: Part 4: Play Well
- Take Care of Yourself: Part 5: Be Well