Exercise is a good way to lose weight, build strength, and feel better. Trainers typically say that it’s important to stick to your exercise routine every week so that you stay in the habit of working out. However, they also say that it’s important to build rest days into your routine and treat them with the same importance as exercise days. You may think you can skip rest days and get ahead in your exercise routine, but skipping rest days can be harmful to your goals and your body. Here are a few reasons you should never skip a rest day
Skipping a rest day can lead to burn out. No matter how experienced you are, it’s important not to skip your rest day completely. If you exercise too long without rest, it can be easier to get burned out, which can lead to stopping your exercise regimen completely.
Skipping a rest day can result in injury (or slower recovery). Pushing through your rest day, pushes your muscles. If you push to hard, you can get an injury. If you already have an injury, even a minor one, skipping a rest day can make your injury worse or slow your recovery time.
Skipping a rest day can keep you from achieving weight goals. Your body has built-in mechanisms to keep it healthy. If you skip rest days, your body’s protections will kick in and keep you from losing too much weight quickly.
Even if you have the energy, your rest days are part of your exercise routine for a reason. You may think it’s a good idea to keep pushing yourself to achieve your goals, but skipping your rest days can be just as harmful as taking too many. Pace yourself you can achieve your health goals.