Workout Rest Days, Should You Take Them?


Workout Rest Days

Sam always enjoys his workout rest days!

Workout Rest Days

I have asked myself this question a few times, especially when doing P90X. Now I don’t feel that old, but I have noticed that I don’t recover as fast as I use to. When I was doing P90X, there were weeks that I was really looking forward to that one rest day. There were also times when I asked myself, should I take an extra workout rest days, and sometimes I did, and sometimes I didn’t. Like many people, I jumped into P90X when I wasn’t in such good shape, but I wanted to do it and I managed to do it anyway. I had some injuries because of it, and had to take a day off from working out, sometimes it was more than just one day.

Workout rest days can help you and your workouts

In my case it was little injuries, sometimes it’s a sickness or you’re just plain pushing your body harder than it can recover, this was before I knew about the P90X Results and Recovery drink. Taking an extra day off can and will help your body to recover, the key is to listen to your body and know when you need to take some extra workout rest days. Olympic athletes have trainers, dietitians and their food prepared for them to help them perform at their max, start thinking like an athlete, fuel your body, get enough rest, and take some extra workout rest days if you need to. The key is not to worry about the day off, but to think about coming back stronger, after the rest and recovery, so you can have better workouts. Better workouts will get you better results; another key to working out, exercise in general, is consistency, like Beachbody says, keep pushing play. Don’t let the way you feel discourage you, take the day off from working out, then get back in the game, push play and keep pushing towards your goals, you’ll get there.  If you don’t take some extra workout rest days when you need it, chances are that you will end up really sick or hurt or over-trained and end up with even more days off and maybe even stop working out altogether.

Workout rest days can be a blessing in disguise

Take the day or days if and when you need them, but don’t give up. Everyone has bad days and if it’s just that you don’t “feel” like working out, push play anyway, you’ll be glad you did.

 

Yours in health and rest,
Bruce

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