Rest! It’s Important 11. December 2015 Xavier Pacheco 0 comments It’s no surprise that working out places great stress on your body. It’s also no surprise that your body will need rest in order to recuperate and rebuild. Rest is not simply a day off of your fitness program. It is a critical component necessary to get you where you want to be in your fitness journey. Here are some important reasons why you need to schedule rest days. 1. It prevents injury. By resting, you allow your body to recover. By not doing so, your body is actually weaker and unable to perform. This often leads to injuries like bone spurs, muscle tears, tendonitis and so on. 2. It lets your body heal. When you work out, you actually create microscopic tears in your muscles. Furthermore, you put stress your bones and connective tissues. You need to give your body the opportunity to heal in order to prevent over-training which will only lead to injury. 3. Resting is beneficial to your fitness goals. When you rest, your immune system repairs, rebuilds and help you to grow muscle. When you don’t rest, you deny your body this benefit and you will not see the gains you are looking for. 4. Your performance will increase. For the same reasons mentioned above, you will perform better by allowing your body to have the rest it needs. The opposite of resting is over-training and this comes with a whole slew of problems For instance, you will plateau in losing weight, gaining muscle and also in performance. You’ll be constantly fatigued, burned-out causing you to not get the most out of your workouts. Finally, by over-training you risk serious injury that could potentially stop any progress you were hoping to gain. How frequently should you rest? That depends on the types of workouts you are doing and the frequency of your workouts. Keep in mind, that rest is more than taking a non-workout day. There are several other components that go into a greater rest and recovery phase – topics for future posts. We’ve determined that a good schedule for the sorts of workouts (FITs) you get with FIT Achiever a 4 to 1 ratio is appropriate for FIT and rest days, respectively. Different types of workouts require more or less rest and there really isn’t a one size fits all rule. You really have to listen to your body. For instance, beginners with FIT Achiever might rest after two or three days of working out. A common schedule for some bodybuilders is a ratio of 5 to 1 or 5 to 2. Again, it really depends. The most important thing is that it happens. So FIT Achievers, take a rest! Hydrate and eat healthy!