Your body does most of it's changing when you sleep and when you rest! Don't think you have to do hours of exercise 7 days a week. Sometimes several days of rest after weeks of vigorous exercise will actually help you make the gains you are after. (ie. speed, strength)
Plan for some down time every 8 weeks if you are a daily, vigorous exercise-type!
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Recovery/Rest days are important to prevent burn out and allow your muscles to rebuild. However, rest day does not mean sit on the couch and do nothing! Take the dog for a walk, throw the ball with your kid, take a hike, anything to move everyday.
Exercise is important - but so is recovery. Reward your body with a break after a couple of days of intense work outs. Your muscles could use the recovery time and it will help your overall fitness and weight loss efforts.
Injury & illness can really get us down, especially if we're trying to get fit or stay fit. The old concept of "working through it" can be very damaging, possibly even permanently. We need to also listen to our bodies, get things checked out by the doctor/chiropractor/ physiotherapist if injury or illness persists, & then get their ok to continue with our plans. Patience is critical!
I've been not running for about a month, now, & just started back today. A little tiny jog, feeling good,
but had to be so careful to not over do it. Will see how the rest of today goes and will likely take tomorrow off for further recovery. :-) Recovery happens best while at rest - that was a life-changing discovery for me and maybe most of us who've been taught "no pain, no gain".
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