There are times when you just need to take a break from your workout and give your body a day or two to rest. It can be just because you feel tired or you just can’t get over the muscle soreness.
This happens when your muscles become too tired because you haven’t stopped working out for a while.
The best thing to do is to take a one-week break every 2 or 3 months of working out.
We will give you five reasons when you just have to rest your body.
You are probably overtraining if you exercise more than five times week. We recommend to cut down a few training and workout at least four times at most per week.
You can notice that you are overtraining if you don’t see any improvements in your strength and looks or you feel like you don’t have the energy to keep going. Also, you will be quite tired especially in the morning.
Your body will give you signs that you should respect and obey.
If you got the flu or you are facing some illness, that is the time to give yourself a break. It is the right time to let the immune system do its job and your body will appreciate it. Also, if your working place is the gym, you should stay away from it because you might get someone else infected.
It is very easy to spread bacteria and harm the health of the people around you.
However, if you have a cold but you still can exercise, you might give it a chance because you can kill the virus by raising the temperature of your body.
If you have experienced an injury or you are still recovering, you should take a long break until you feel that your body is ready to start again. You can do some light exercising, such as riding a bike or stretching out but never stress the affected area of your body.
It will get you back at the start.
Probably, the most dangerous injuries are in your spine, shoulder or knee. If this happens to you, just wait until the muscles or bones are completely healed and you are good to go and continue with your exercise.
If you tend to make your training a little bit more intense and dynamic than usual, you just need to understand that your muscles will need some time to repair themselves. It will benefit you a lot and you will see better results in a shorter period of time. Don’t stress your muscles too much and give them some space to grow.
- Long training
If you are scheduled to have an exercising event that will take a lot of time, such as a marathon or excursion, we want to advise you to take a break several days before the events start. Your body will be well-rested and you be completely prepared for whatever expects you the next day.
Even if you were preparing for months before the event, it is good to skip a couple of exercising days and just rest.
At some points, you also have to workout even if you feel muscle soreness. Usually, muscle soreness occurs when you change some things in your workout or just make your training more intense. This happens a lot for beginners and they believe that they might harm their body until they simply give up.
However, you need to be consistent and not give up. It is not certain that you won’t feel any results if your workout while your body is sore. Actually, it might do you good. Even if it hurts, sometimes you just need to push yourself the extra mile in order to see success.
If the pain doesn’t go away for a while, it is probably time to visit your doctor. Let him check you because you might end up with an injury. If that is the case, they will put you on a treatment and you will be good as new in a matter of days.
To summarize everything, it is important that you are physically active. Your body needs to be relieved of its toxins and you can do that by exercising, by eating healthily, by starting a diet or sleeping better. The benefits of it are improved mood, better looks that lead to improved confidence and self-esteem and most importantly, boosted health and immune system.
If you are thinking for a while to become physically active, it is time to get out of your comfort zone and do what you have imagined. Yes, it will change your lifestyle, but it will be positive. You will reduce the risk of getting a disease and you will feel more energetic and dynamic.
Set some goals and never give up. At least if you don’t see any of the symptoms from above.