It’s time for a well-deserved break.
Nothing beats the feeling you get after completing a good workout. So, some of us tend to get a little carried away and skip rest days while some of us tend to get carried away during rest days. That’s why we’re dishing out four tips that will leave you feeling well-rested and refreshed before your next session.
If there was ever a time to hit that snooze button, it’s now.
Getting enough sleep is important for everyone but it’s crucial on rest days. When sleeping, your body releases hormones that help your muscles repair and grow. It also plays a role in increasing mental sharpness, speed, and reaction time. So, when it comes to rest days, aim for at least 8 hours of sleep. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they are known as ‘rest days.’
It’s about taking a break from training, not from your diet.
When you are putting your body through so much stress during a workout, it’s important to eat right so you can obtain all the nutrients that you need to aid recovery. Similarly, as cliche as it sounds, you have to make sure you drink plenty of water even if it is your rest day. Water helps lubricate your muscles and joints and prevent cramps and soreness. In fact, it’s recommended that you drink at least two to three liters of water a day. But remember, rest days are also about enjoying yourself, so it’s okay to treat yourself every now and then. Just don’t go overboard and reverse the benefits of all your hard work.
One, two, three, and stretch.
We’ve all felt the pain of sitting down on a chair the day after a tough workout. This phenomenon is called delayed onset muscle soreness. And the best thing you can do about it is stretch out all those sore muscles. Not only does it help speed up recovery, but it also improves your flexibility, burns a few extra calories, and builds lean muscle.
Don’t stop moving.
We know we said to take a break from training on rest days, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be active at all. Instead, do something that’s low impact and relaxing. Try going for a 30-minute walk or maybe even a swim. You could even kill two birds with one stone with yoga or pilates which is low-impact and helps you stretch too.
All in all, it’s okay to take it easy sometimes and reward yourself for all your hard work. But most importantly, listen to your body. If it feels like you need some more time to recover, then by all means take an extra day and don’t feel guilty for it. And if you need a reason to look forward to your workouts, then check out the Jockey MOVE performance wear collection so you can ace every set in style.