Huh? Rest day? Where is my rest muscle and how do I train it?

Hahaha…if you are a gym addict like me, this may be your response when someone asks you about your rest days. However, taking a day or two off from the gym every week to allow your body to recuperate and recover is more important than you may realise. And here is why:


1. MUSCLES GROW WITH REST


Weight training creates minute tears in your muscle tissue which can only be repaired during rest periods. Although it is imperative to train your muscles to the max, it is just as important to give them enough recovery time.


2. OVERTRAINING CAN CAUSE PLATEAUS


Whether it be weight loss or muscle gain, if you are hitting the gym too often and too hard, you may reach a plateau. This is because our bodies adapt to whatever type of training we are doing as well as the nutrition we put into it.


3. OVERTRAINING CAN ALTER SLEEPING PATTERNS


If you are overtraining, your body may either need excessive sleep to help fuel you through the day, which most of us don’t get, or it can even cause sleeplessness, even when you are dead tired.



4. OVERTRAINING CAN CAUSE UNSTABLE MOODS


We all know that endorphins are released as we exercise which put us on a ‘high’. However, overtraining has shown to have the opposite effect and can cause anxiety and even depression from our bodies being chronically run down.


5. OVERTRAINING CAN CAUSE A DECREASED LIBIDO


Overtraining has shown to decrease testosterone levels in both men and woman. Decreased test levels can lead a diminished sex drive for both genders.


6. OVERTRAINING CAN LEAD TO MENTAL & PHYSICAL BURNOUT


These days, most people have increasing busy and stressful lives, and although adding in a gym session 4 to times a week can be therapeutic, overtraining can lead to mental and physical burnout. This is because with our busy lives, we are not getting enough time to recover, and the more physically exhausted we are, the more stress is placed on us mentally. The best solution is to find a balance that’s works for you, your body and your lifestyle.



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