I see it often…people who think they need to workout every single day otherwise they’re not working out hard enough.
This confusion comes from the ‘go hard or go home’ messages that are constantly being promoted that make people feel inadequate.
Here’s the deal…
Your body needs to rest. Rest is when your body recovers from your previous workout and it’s because of this that you get to see the benefits of your previous workout.
So, why do some people go to the gym every day?
People who go to the gym every day are alternating their muscle groups, i.e. they’ll work their leg muscles one day and then do their upper body and core the next day, for example.
They don’t work the same muscle groups hard two days in a row.
So while they’re in the gym every day, they’re still resting each muscle group every second day.
You don’t want to do this style of program when you’re just starting out.
Why? Because it’s too much too soon. Apart from the fact your body needs to get used to working out, you need to get used to a new routine. Too much too soon and it all becomes too much.
Start with a full body workout a couple of times per week with a rest day every second day.
Have a full rest day once or twice per week.
Don’t feel like working out on the weekends? Then don’t.
If you have a suitable exercise program in place from Monday to Friday and you want to take the weekend off to spend with your family or to just sit back and relax, then do it. You won’t lose the benefit of what you’ve done through the week after two days.
So, if I do a full body workout every second day, what can I do on the days in between?
Take a dance class. Do yoga. Play a sport. Go for a walk. There’s heaps of different things you can do to be active.
Not sure what to do? Find an activity you enjoy doing that gets your heart rate up and will challenge your muscles in a different way.
You need to rest your body. Stop with the guilt trip, already.
If you exercise hard every day, you’ll wear yourself out and your body won’t respond effectively to the exercise you’re doing.
Your body needs rest to recover. Put effort into your workouts and enjoy the rest knowing that you’ve earned it and it’s all part of the process.
Most importantly, listen to your body.
- If your body is saying you need to sleep – sleep.
- If your body is saying its not feeling well – rest.
Your body has its own inbuilt wellness system. Listen to it for guidance. Taking a rest break because your body is telling you it needs time to recover from whatever is not being slack…it’s being smart.
Work with me – I run Personal Training sessions for women who want a healthy lifestyle instead of a ‘go hard or go home program’. I don’t do boot camps. I’m all about self love and looking after your body so you have a quality of life. I also teach yoga and Zumba®.
I believe an exercise program should be effective, efficient and a fun part of life. I also love to work on the mindset of my clients so they look forward to their workouts instead of thinking of them as a drag.
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