You know that engaging in physical activity benefits more than just your weight-loss efforts. It also helps clear your mind, gives you better quality sleep and tones your muscles. But did you know that sometimes, too much of a good thing is not always better?
When you overwork your muscles by working out for extended periods of time or multiple days in a row without a break, your performance will suffer, and the benefits of physical activity turn into potentially dangerous drawbacks.
Here are a few ways you can determine whether you need to take a rest day.
1. You can’t recall the last time you had a day off from working out. This is not ideal. You should be taking at least one day off a week for optimal performance.
2. You feel drained. If you’re workout out consistently, you probably know how it feels to be well-rested. When we engage in exercise too often without taking rest days, we become over-exhausted, diminishing our energy level.
3. You aren’t recovering as quickly as you used to. Performing extended periods of time without rest days means that our muscles and brain don’t have enough time to recover. When this happens, we stay sore longer and aren’t able to function to our full extent during out next round of exercise.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of over-use, give yourself a break! Rest days are the most beneficial thing you can do for yourself after days of intense workouts.