Time to take a break?
The fitness world keeps getting more and more confusing by the day. Constantly we see posts spouting #NoDaysOff or articles saying to hit the gym twice a day. Regular exercise is important, but it’s also important to avoid overtraining.
Here are some signs your body (or mind) might need a break:
Bad attitude over exercise
If you’re really just not feeling it one day, then take a break. There’s no golden rule you have to follow that says you have to workout X amount of minutes for X days. Something I try to do when I’m not feeling up to a workout is to commit to ten minutes of it. If I’m still not feeling the workout after ten minutes, then I pack up and go home. Like they say, exercise is a celebration of what your body can do! Don’t make exercise a chore that you don’t enjoy.
You’re feeling sick
If you wake up one day and not feeling so well, you should definitely stay home and rest. Putting your recovery first is important! Don´t push yourself, but learn to listen to the signals your body is sending you.
You’re too sore
If you’re painfully sore the day after a workout, it might be time for a rest day. If you´re up for it; try doing some active recovery like walking or yoga instead. Letting the muscles recover after a hard workout as equally as important as staying active.
I hope these tips can help recognize whether or not you’re ready for a rest day, and remember; it´s all about working with your body, not against it.
By: Samantha Thayer