Daily exercise is the key to effective weight loss. By doing a workout every day, you encourage better calorie-burning. Building muscles speeds up your metabolism and activates stored fats. But the truth is that you shouldn’t be exercising a full seven days per week. In fact, you are better off taking a day of rest, sometimes two. Below are a few reasons that you need that rest day between hardcore training sessions:
Overtraining is a term used to describe what happens when you push your body too hard with regular intense exercise. Not only is it possible to overtrain your body by working out too often, but going at too high intensity too quickly into beginning your workout can also have a similar effect. Taking a day or two of rest every week helps to prevent overtraining and gives your body a chance to recover from your high intensity training sessions. The dangers of overtraining are very real, and include decreased immunity to disease, hormone problems, circulatory issues, and more!
Promoting Muscle Growth
Did you know that your muscles will never grow if you don’t give them a break? Your body is only capable of breaking down muscle tissue (such as during exercise) or building it up (during recovery)—it can’t do both at the same time. If you are constantly exercising, you never give your body time to rebuild the muscles that have been broken down. Thus, you end up putting in all the hard work but never seeing the results. For real muscle growth, you need to give each muscle group worked a break. That’s why it’s recommended that you only work out each muscle group ever 48 to 72 hours. Try to mix up your intense weight training sessions with some cardio workouts, and definitely take a day or two each week to give your muscles time to grow.
Have you ever noticed that you tend to get “burned out” on tasks that you do over and over without rest? The truth is that burnout is a very real problem, one that many people face after training too hard, too often, for too long. You’ll find that doing an intense workout every day can cause you to dread the workout, and will increase the stress of your exercise. Taking a break from exercise now and then will help you avoid burnout.
Giving Your Mind and Body a Break
We all need a break from the stresses and pressures of life. For some people, that means reading a book or watching TV. For others, that means a night out on the town or a delicious meal. If you feel the pressure to work out all seven days of the week, that means there is no break from that stress. Your mind and body will soon begin to show the signs of wear and tear caused by consistent stress and pressure. But taking a day off allows you to decompress physically and mentally, allowing you to fully recover for another busy week ahead.
Reducing Injury Risk
Training sore and tired muscles is one of the fastest ways to injure yourself. If you push your body too hard, you could damage connective tissue, joints, or muscle tissue. The result could be months or even years away from training due to a serious injury. Taking a day off exercise helps you to give your whole body a break, giving your body the time it needs to recover. Even just one day of rest can go a long way toward reducing the risk of exercise-related injuries.