When to take a rest day

Feeling Tired

It’s important for us all to take a break every now and again, to rest and recharge our batteries. Do you ever get home after a busy day at work and think “I’m dreading the gym tonight but I need to go”. So you go to the gym and you come home even more deflated because you feel like your workout wasn’t even close to your best?

I’ve got news for you… you need a rest!

Listen to your body and rest

To really know when you need to rest, you’re going to have to listen to your body. As amazing as the human body is, it’s no miracle worker – you’re going to have to rest if it’s giving you the signals. That’s not always as easy as it sounds. With our busy lives, we often ignore the signs our body sends to us. We have to ignore our body for work, for social occasions and more.

However, it’s very important to pay attention to the signals. Here are a couple of signals to look out for, which should help you to decide.

Tired = Rest

If you’re showing the following symptoms, you should take a rest day:

  • tired
  • unfocused
  • agitated / irritable
  • sore/weak muscles

If you feel any of these symptoms, you should consider how you really feel and whether you want to consider taking the day off.

Lethargic = Just Do It

If you’re showing the following symptoms, you should go and complete your workout:

  • lethargic
  • bored
  • uninterested

There are occasions where you will just feel lethargic and the best way to get over lethargy is to get back into your regimen.

I hope today’s blog post has helped you in some way. For more advice, look at my other health and fitness blogs.

If you would like to get some more direct advice or would like to enquire about personal training, send me a tweet at @CalvinWPT or reach me on Facebook.

From your local Online Coach and Personal Trainer in Stockport, Manchester. You can do this and good luck!

Calvin W PT
Personal Trainer & Online Coach

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