Rest days for gains

I don’t like taking rest days.  It used to be the other way around, everyday was rest day and exercise was a bad word.  By the end of my first month of BodyBeast however, I didn’t want to take my rest day.  I wanted to hit those weights, there were even a few times that I didn’t.  Opting instead to skip the rest day and go right to the next workout.  You know what happened?  I started to burn out.  Not just physically, but mentally as well.  It’s called over training and it can slow down your progress.

Your muscles need rest

Any training, not just weight lifting causes muscle fibers to tear.  Its how we get bigger, stronger muscles.  It’s a good thing.  But there is such a thing as having too much of a good thing; and if you don’t give your muscles time to repair and grow it will lead to injury.

Your performance will improve

Rested muscles are strong muscles.  Ready to tackle those extra reps or a higher weight.  Muscles that are already fatigued aren’t going to get you as far. Furthermore, over training can cause a decrease in production of testosterone and growth hormone.

You will sleep better

Not only can overly sore muscles keep you from getting a decent sleep but over training can cause general discomfort and restlessness.  Keeping you up, or waking you up randomly through out the night.  Your muscles do most of their growing in your sleep; so if you can’t get a quality nights sleep you wont see quality gains.

Increase immune function

Repairing your muscles — believe it or not — an immune function.  If your immune system is taxed with muscle repairs, other things might slip through.  Such as the flu; and that is certainly no good for your gains.

Keep yourself in love with your workout

Mental burn out is a real thing and exercising daily can take its toll.  That rest day is a needed break for your mind as well as your body.  After all, absence — as they say — makes the heart grow fonder.