The Power of Some Good Rest

18:00 Eugene Madondo 0 Comments


Many people underestimate the power of resting your muscles. Resting your muscles could be beneficial in a number of ways which we are going to explore in this post, such as allowing your body to fully recover from the stress you have been putting it under, allowing your body to grow (preventing over training), and helping you break through plateaus.

Importance of Full Recovery


Although working out helps to relieve mental stress and is said to release endorphins which make you feel happy and positive it can also be very stressful to your body. Your body reacts to working out the same way it does to a stressful situation (I will not be discussing that in this post but you can read this article if you are interested in finding out http://www.boxingscene.com/exercise/42936.php). When you workout you break down muscle, in the hopes that with proper nutrition those muscle fibres will grow back even bigger and stronger than before to adapt to the stress (weight lifting/exercise) you put it through. If you over train and do not have enough rest days you are actually not accomplishing much in terms of muscle gain and you will not make much progress. Over training is like working backwards, when you over train all you ever do break down muscle and you do not allow it time to recover and grow.
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This is disadvantageous to you since you will not grow, you will start losing your strength and struggle with lifts you had no trouble lifting before. You will become moody because of over training because as I said training is like stress to your body in many ways; if you over train the negative effects will be the release of stress hormones in your body which make you moody (you will start experiencing depression, anger, irritability and anxiety). Over training will lead to fatigue and insomnia which will lead to fat gain, because your sleeping cycle and stress plays a very important role when it comes to the release of hormones such as growth hormone and testosterone which will then be inhibited and cortisol which is a stress hormone will increase which will lead to muscle loss and fat gain. If your body is in a state of stress because of your over-training and lack of rest, you will have a weak immune system which will make you more vulnerable to diseases.

I have often found that I grow the most muscle when I recover and don’t work out for a week after a long period of gruelling workouts. Maybe all you need to get over your lack of strength increase and plateaus in muscle gain is to have some rest to give your body a break. Your body is the only place where you have to live so take care of it, listen to it when it tells you that it is overworked. You will make good gains if you know how to balance the workouts and the recovery time you need.

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