The fitness world keeps getting more and more confusing by the day. Constantly we see posts spouting #NoDaysOff or articles saying to hit the gym twice a day. Regular exercise is important, but it’s also important to avoid overtraining.
Here are some signs your body (or mind) might need a break:
Bad attitude over exercise
If you’re really just not feeling it one day, then take a break. There’s no golden rule you have to follow that says you have to workout X amount of minutes for X days. Something I try to do when I’m not feeling up to a workout is to commit to ten minutes of it. If I’m still not feeling the workout after ten minutes, then I pack up and go home. Like they say, exercise is a celebration of what your body can do! Don’t make exercise a chore that you don’t enjoy. Find something you like, and do that. It doesn’t have to be a gym.
You’re feeling sick
If you wake up one day and not feeling so well, you should definitely stay home and rest. Putting your recovery first is important!
You’re too sore
If you’re painfully sore the next day after a workout, it might be time for a rest day. Try doing some active recovery like walking or yoga instead.
I hope these tips can help recognize whether or not you’re ready for a rest day or need a break!
This post is contributed by Samantha Thayer, Online Outreach and Education Specialist from What’s Up, USANA?. For more information on health, feel free to visit their blog or find them on Twitter @USANAInc. / Photo cred