Exercising should be an important part of our everyday life no matter of our age, body type, working hours or diet. Extra calories that we intake through the food that we eat have to be burned in some way. The best way is to exercise and live as healthy as possible. If you plan to start an exercise routine, pay special attention to how many day you are resting between exercise days. Our bodies need some kind of rest between exercise sessions in order to function normally. When we train our muscles, they suffer from small damages caused by changes in surface of tissues of our body. They literary break and extend their length every time we workout.
If you are working out in a gym, most machines are designed to extract and isolate one muscle group. Lifting weight slightly damage tissues and these subtle changes can be recovered only by proper rest. Similar situation is with running and stretching. The length of muscles is extended and they need time to build stronger connection between each other. That is why our muscles became bigger and more resistant after exercising. But it is important to know that they grow only during rest time.
When you give them a chance to rest, all benefits of exercising routine can be seen. Tissues are recovering, muscles increase in size and organs function better. We also build more resistant immune system and the psychological impact cannot be understated. Resting means a lot to our body, because this period improves our overall health condition. We feel more relaxed and prepared for our next exercise routine.
Many fitness instructors suggest that we should be well informed before jumping into a fitness routine. If you are not at optimal physical condition, be aware of the intensity of the exercise that you are doing. Start with simple body weight exercises and moderate walking.
First days are always crucial because we are building new habits and exposing our muscles to new stress. This is exactly the time to consider periods of rest. Exercise one day, and take a rest the next two days, in order to accommodate the body to the new regime. Do this for two consecutive weeks, and you will notice how much rest helps you to recover from your training sessions.
After this period, you could start with a one day on and day off routine. Then you should rest every second day and train the body with more intensity during your workouts. This program is addressed to beginners and amateurs. For more serious athletes, it is suggested to train harder in a way to stimulate muscles and to get adequate rest after that. Professional athletes can sometimes train up to two times per day, but their bodies get accustomed to this because of many years of training.
Rest is crucial for recovery of our tissues and organs. During period of rest, we accumulate the strength that we need and prepare for the next exercise session. Our minds get a break and muscles build stronger.