You Need a Break From Exercise


You need a break from exercise is our latest topic. Some of you maybe saying I don’t exercise enough to get a break. Well, you have another issue on hand, lol. For those that exercise and are afraid to take a break, this blog is for you! Here are the four reasons:


Results Take Place During Sleep

Yes, sleeping gets you more than great beauty! If your exercise goals are to get a leaner body, bigger muscles and weight loss, they won’t happen without enough sleep.

When you exercise, your body breaks down muscle tissue. This break down of muscle tissue is needed for your body to give  the results you are looking for. However, repair of those tissues is needed and only happens during sleep.

So, if you are not getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep, you may not get the results you are looking for. You need a break from exercise which will allow you to get the result and results you want.


Overtraining Leads to Lack of Sleep

Now, you have another issue with sleep. If you are pushing your body to its limit every time you exercise, then it makes it hard for to rest. So, the 7-9 hours of sleep I mentioned early, gets cut down to 4-5 hours.


Eat, Eat and Eat Some More

If you’ve been exercising for some time now, you probably noticed an increase in your appetite. This is no coincidence! The more calories and energy your body uses, the more it wants the fuel back. So, you could end up overeating. Overeating could lead to a set back in your progress. Giving your body a day or two break from exercise, will help you to not overeat!


Hitting the Wall

Have you ever pushed yourself so much with your work in your career or at school and you just crashed? You simply could not move or think anymore. The same could happen when you don’t take a break from exercise. Ask any athlete who has pushed himself when training for an event. You either take a break on purpose or you’ll be forced to take a break. The choice is yours!


Plan of Action

In conclusion, here are three simple suggestions to make sure you take a break from exercise:

  1. Mix in easy exercises days with your intense days.
  2. Literally take a day off from exercise. I recommend a massage or meditation and stretching.
  3. Try different types of exercising like yoga and Pilates as alternatives to your normal routine.

If you would like my help with fitting in a break from exercise with your workouts, click here!

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