The Day After: How to Better Incorporate Rest Days into Your Workout

by Head Health Nutter on February 25, 2016

Do you have trouble resting? Believe it or not, some people get into an exercise groove and while before their addiction was food, now it’s exercise! If you need some assistance in getting your very important rest days into your routine, Brooke Chaplan can help!

Everyone knows that sweating it out in the gym is a necessity if you want to build muscle and get in shape, but not many pay attention to the importance of rest days. Your body needs a chance to recover if it’s going to build up muscle and gain strength, and your rest days provide the perfect opportunity when incorporated into your schedule right. Those days should still work for you even if you aren’t working out, so it’s important to make the most of them.

The Day After How to Better Incorporate Rest Days into Your Workout
Take a Supplement

Our bodies need the right blend of nutrients to build muscles properly. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that taking a day off means taking a day off of your diet. Always make sure your diet and nutrition support your exercise goals, even during rest days. A protein supplement can be a great way to make sure your body has all the resources necessary to rebuild torn muscles from your workouts.

If you don’t have the money to spend on expensive powders, look at how you can incorporate more meat, beans, and nuts into your rest day diet. This is especially important for people who don’t have the time or inclination to carefully construct a diet plan, to pay attention to.

If you’re looking at getting more mass and less overall strength see if an SDI Labs supplement could be a benefit to your rest day plan. You can also consider natural herbs and vitamins to support and benefits your overall fitness plan.

Keep it Regular
Schedules are an important tool for keeping your workout plan on track. People who take a rest day whenever they feel like it instead of planning ahead, often find that one day turns into a week, and eventually they often stop exercising altogether. That best way to make sure that doesn’t happen is to make a strict schedule and to stick to it. Rest when you’ve planned to, and exercise on the days you’ve set out in your schedule.

People who are just starting their workout should rest every three days, while people who have more experience should rest once a week. Let your body be your guide when you decide how often to schedule your rest days. You should expect some soreness after you exercise, but constant pain is a sign you need to rest more often.

Practice Something Else
If you ordinarily focus on one muscle group, then you might want to spend your rest day working with a different muscle group instead of avoiding exercise altogether. Even if you normally do a full-body workout, you can dedicate your rest day to practicing some other, less strenuous skill. If you normally run or lift weights, spend some time practicing something that can build up your hand-eye coordination or balance. Cross train to further build muscles opposite the ones you normally focus on.

Resting is almost as important as working out when it comes to fitness. As long as you make those days work for you, rest days can be a major asset to your fitness regimen.

About the Author

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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