Learning why rest days are good
WEEK five is almost over and that means I am almost on the home straight with this eight-week health challenge.
This week I have learnt about the importance of rest and how crucial it is when you are training five to seven days a week.
My week started off on a high with an hour-long session Monday night, followed by a double session on Tuesday which included personal training in the morning and a cardio session after work.
However, things came to a screeching halt on Wednesday when my three sessions in two days did a number on my body.
Imagine waking up and feeling like you have aged 80years overnight.
Luckily in my 23 years on earth I have only managed to have two serious injuries - one knee reconstruction and an ongoing dislocating kneecap (joys).
However, Wednesday morning it felt as if my body was screaming at me to stop.
My back and hips were giving me grief and my knees decided today was not their day.
Having always opted for massages when my muscles felt tighter then a body builder's abs, I decided to give the chiropractor option a crack (all puns intended).
With a quick yank of my legs and plenty of cracks, my pelvis was realigned and the pressure was instantly relieved.
It was then advised to me that I take the rest of the week to allow my body to rest and recover.
In a blog post written by Sweat, an offshoot of bikini body superstar Kayla Itsines, it highlights the importance of rest days.
While it may seem like rest days are wasted time that could be used for training, I have learnt they are essential for continued performance.
One of the biggest factors is that it can reduce your risk of injury (something I have obviously had to learn the hard way).
The blog states that "if you continue to place stress on your body without resting, it doesn't get time to repair properly, which can leave you more prone to inflammation or to injuries”.
I have also noticed that since incorporating rest days it actually increases your motivation to get back in the gym and results in a better night's sleep.