Lately we've been talking A LOT about rest days and how important they are for a successful workout.
Yes, that's right, you need rest for your workouts to truly be successful! We can't stress this enough. You need to recover, especially from all your kick ass Boxing & Bubbles sweat sesh's! When you do advanced moves or lift weights, your muscles tear (don't worry, it's only microscopically) and resting helps them rebuild to grow longer and stronger.
Rest days also prevent muscle fatigue and reduce the risk of injury.
If you are working out lightly to moderately you are able to take active rest days - think light yoga, walks in the park or a Body By Brett session..."5 reps is all you need playa!" This is an inside joke with my B&B members. 😂 All jokes aside, if you are going full force 4 days a week or more, then please take at least one true rest day each week. A true rest day means: don't exert more physical energy than necessary. Don't worry, a full rest day won't hinder all your hard work and progress. They will do just the opposite and your mind AND body will thank you later!
If you are trying to lose weight, resting helps your muscles rebuild and regrow.
When you take a rest day you build more muscle, replenish glycogen stores more easily and let the nervous system get back to an optimal working state. This will help you grow faster and also improve your performance on the day you get back to your workouts! Remember, when you have more muscle, you'll burn more calories at rest. That's because muscle burns more energy than fat!
Resting is not only great for the body, but excellent for the mind!
Too much exercise can put your body in a constant state of restlessness making a good night's sleep tough to achieve. Studies have shown that the less you sleep, the more likely you are to overeat. The chemicals in your brain that tell your body it is full start to decrease giving you a sense of hunger even when you are not hungry. Remember - overtraining is a real thing and can lead to physical and mental fatigue as well as depression. Moral of the story? Yep, resting does a mind good!
We are always about that mind/body balance!
So go ahead and take a load off, get your rest on or as we like to call it at B&B - get your "Sloth Mode" on and see how much resting improves your workouts! 💛