Principles of Exercise: How to Get the Best Fitness Results
Rest, Recover, Replenish
Once you get cracking on a challenging workout, rest becomes just as important as frequency, intensity, time and type. Consider it a part of your nutrition plan; after all, your body needs to be nourished through sleep and rest as well. A tired body that doesn’t get respite from tough workouts is a body that begins to see fewer fitness results.
Over-training causes much unhappiness with symptoms like headaches, insomnia, unexplained aches and pains, etc – but this only applies to those of us who really do challenge ourselves. An average walker for instance, who doesn’t weight train or increase intensity, can easily walk 6-7 days a week. On the other hand, a person who follows an intense workout routine must get at least 1-2 rest days in a week.
In this rest period, one must maintain a good nutrition plan. Don’t drop your protein intake just because you aren’t exercising on the rest day. It is during rest that your body’s musculature recovers, repairs and strengthens. Good rest days can make or break your progress on the whole, so why let over-enthusiasm kill good results?