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Why rest days are important

Why rest days are important

Quick cardio before morning coffee; steady strength session before catching that train…when you Hussle your life is full of action and momentum. But as great as it feels to Hussle, don’t underestimate the importance of recovery days.

Something along these lines sounds a good balance to us….

Day 1, 2 and 3: Up. Work. Hussle. Dinner. Bed.

Day 4: Up. Rest day. Dinner. Bed.

Unconvinced? Here are 5 reasons to fire up your enthusiasm for resting:

1.PREVENTS INURIES

It's common sense - resting helps prevent overuse injuries. This includes running and lifting, as well as walking and stretching. It’s tempting to want to Hussle every day.  But even a quick swim here and short jog there can add up to too much. Push it too hard and your joints and muscles start to suffer. That’s where injuries set in.

2.TIME FOR MUSCLE REPAIR

When you’re in the fitness groove, taking a rest day can feel wrong. But actually, it’s just what your muscles are screaming out for and will gain from. A rest day lets your body repair damage stress to muscles, replenish energy stores and helps the body adapt to stress. So actually, even on rest days your body doesn’t actually rest!

3.MAXIMISES GAINS

Many people worry that taking time off will set back them back. Well, what if you didn’t rest?  Performance would reduce, energy levels would dip, and your fitness gains would reduce to a crawling pace. It’s a no-brainer!

4.OVER-TRAINING AFFECTS SLEEP

We all know sleep helps muscles recover. But too much exercise can put also your body on constant ready-for-action mode, making a good’s night’s sleep tricky to achieve. An increase in your resting heart rate is a good telltale sign that your body is too alert.

A rejuvenating rest day helps prime your body to be ‘sleep ready’. Then ready for action again the next day.

5.PREVENTS MENTAL BURNOUT

All work and no play (or rest) makes you super-unproductive. Mental fatigue is just as limiting as physical fatigue, so taking a rest day will recharge your psyche and rekindle your motivation. Because you Hussle, you can make time for rest, too. 

Photo by Drew Coffman on Unsplash

the author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.

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