Believe it or not, rest is one of the most important aspects of any
resistance training program. Now don’t go getting all excited and head
for the couch. We're talking about giving your muscles 24 hours of rest
in-between workouts. A rest period of at least 24 hours allows the body
to recover from exercise. Resting helps your body replenish glycogen
stores and progressively adapt to the exercise stress.
adaptation allows you to reach higher levels of fitness over time,
which is very important. Otherwise, you’re stuck in a plateau and going
nowhere. To make the most of your rest days, allow at least one full day
of rest in between working a specific muscle group. But don’t make the
mistake of thinking “if some is good, more is better.” Allowing more
than three days of rest for a muscle group will have you losing what
you’ve worked so hard for.
If you want to work out more than
every other day, group your workouts by muscle type or geography. For
example, do an “arms” day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and then
alternate with a “legs” day on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. And then
give your body at least one full day of complete rest, like on Sunday.
Rotating your workouts in this way will help you from losing your gym
habit, but allow you to rest up, recover and get revved up for more! Taking your scheduled rest days will also prevent you from over training your muscles too. Over training can be a major set back and be just as bad as missing your workouts, so make sure to rest and let your muscle recover. After a good day of rest your muscles will be full, repaired, recovered and ready to train hard.