In many ways, the human body is like an engine. And just as an engine can be worked too hard, it is also possible to push our bodies too hard. Therefore it is very important to find a balance between work and rest!
Of course, on your resting days, you do not have to lay in bed and do nothing at all, you can still go for a walk or continue doing your yoga exercises. Nevertheless, good rest and relaxation should be your priority here. Especially if you have a rather demanding workout plan during the other days of the week.
Let the body cool down, let it regenerate energy. Yes, pushing the limits is an important aspect of successful body-building and transformation, but the most important aspect of successful routine is discipline. This discipline must include resting and workouts, so make sure to take both seriously!
Always bear in mind that your body is individual. However, there are certain rules that apply to every human body. Feeling comfortable with your training and resting days is one of the most important factors. So invest some time to gather information on good, tested and proven routines in this regard! Here are some informations to consider:
When training, we basically are tearing our muscle fibres apart. As they then re-build, we form more muscles. For our muscles to grow, they need that recovery time. This is what muscle growth is, in a nutshell – tearing apart and building back up stronger. The aim is to work the muscles hard enough to achieve growth, but without causing pain or permanent damage.
You are taxing your immune system by working out. This is good because training makes it stronger. However, you need to give your immune system time to recover. If this is not taken seriously, your body will not be prepared to deal with any problems. It is important to avoid this. Nutrition and other factors are also of utter importance for our immune system.
A good indicator of our general health, is your energy levels. Of course, training needs energy. But the wonderful thing about it is that it also generates more energy for future days, though, only if you allow your body to rest. If you are feeling overly exhausted, notice mood swings, bad sleeping patterns, depression or anxiety, even though you are following a steady workout plan, chances are, you are demanding too much of your body and are not giving it enough time to rest and recover. If this is the case, try making adjustments to your training and resting schedule. And again, check your food and nutrition intake.
Our bodies constantly communicate with us, they do so in many different ways. Don't ignore the signals! Hydration is one key factor for health and energy. So, if for example, your urine is sometimes dark yellow, you are not drinking enough! This will affect the effectiveness of your workouts, your energy levels and your general well being. Of course, water is not all the body demands, but nutrition is too big of a subject, so we are not going to dwell on it at this point. Another sign to worry about is constant muscle stiffness. If every movement hurts and your body just feels totally exhausted, chances are, you are pushing your body too hard. Slow down. Find your balance. Grow stronger!
Although rest is an important factor of a well-balanced training, laziness can also creep in! Our minds can be tricky and might tell us that we need more rest than what the body actually is demanding. So we have to ask ourselfs, do I need rest, or am I just being lazy? Be honest with yourself! We recommend having a workout plan and sticking to it. Have a certain number of days set to train and a certain number of days set to rest. Evaluate how you feel, listen to your body, make adjustments and find the right pace for your individual body – that's the only reasonable way to proceed!
We hope that our short introduction to a balanced workout/resting routine could give you some useful insights and wish you all the best for your future training and resting!