Exercising off days!
No doubt, it’s necessary towork hard and be tough to get what you aspire for but without addingsmartness into your approach, the hurdles on your way would feel tougher to overcome.Where does that smartness come from?It comes from the knowledge of what you are up to and essentially a better understanding of the situation.There is always atleast a two sidedspeculationto anybelief. Some people would argue that rest days are important no matter what and on the contrary others would not agree with the idea.
Exercising off days is quite natural with the beginners. This happens out of excitement and many a times impatience. Besides that you would have also witnessed memes and gifs of the professionalstrolling rest days. People would also argue questioningthe importance oftaking days off that they are already at rest when they sleep.Again let me ask you a question and we can examine whether the school of thought you follow, follows a smarter approach or not. Let’s say you have a job 9 to 5 that pays you decent. How long do you think you can continue without any weekend getaway? What if your employer tells you that your goodnight’s sleep is the only rest you are supposed to take? Even considering the case that the work you do doesn’t tire you physically, you would require days off to relax your mind and get back to work with the same enthusiasm and energy the next day. Lifting weights is quite analogous to this. You may want to hit the gym 7 days a week but only till you realize that life is not meant to be spent entirely in the gym. There are well established reasons why you should be taking rests in between your heavy gym sessions.
- Rest to Grow: Have you never heard that “Muscles are torn in the gym, fed in the kitchen and built in bed”? This one is not a deluding quote like many others. When you do not take adequate rest in between your workouts, especially when you lift heavy every time, you are simply not letting your body repair the damaged muscle fibers. In such a case you are not supposed to expect any growth. You must have a clear picture of how rest plays an elementary role in your workout program.
- Consistency in the long run: Some people take it as their duty to hit the gym daily no matter what without even realizing that things cannot be continued for long once interest is lost in the initial phase. Beginners who often find themselves working out seven days a week, tend to give up on their goals in the long run. This may happen due to several reasons, the most prominent being a lack of energy and hence fun in it. To be consistent, one needs to be energetic. Taking days off helps refill your energy levels and maintain the enthusiasm. Your body indicates that it needs rest. You may be lucky to ignore it sometimes but not every time when it is in your daily routine. Body needs to have an adequate amount of time to rest before it can get back to work again depending on the amount of work it does.
- Test it yourself: Even If you do not want to go by anyone’s suggestion, you can test it by yourself. Try hitting the gym daily without giving a day’s rest and notice your growth. Also compare your growth following a well-planned workout regime which has adequate rest days included. You would also notice that your rest requirements are longer when you lift heavier in the gym. Without proper rest you cannot expect the same performance each and every day. Once you test this out you would probably not question the importance of taking days off from your gym.
Besides all the reasons I mentioned, I would also like to clarify that “Rest-Days” need not be understood as days when you have to keep lying down imaging your muscles growing in bed. You just need to reduce the activity level to normal and let your body regain the energy it has lost in the week long strenuous routine. Once you recover from exhaustion, you are good to go for another session.