Does taking a day off sounds like death?

Or do you ever feel like if have to be on the go every day in order to be successful?

Well in America, this idea is very common. We work overtime, multi-task, and bombard ourselves with projects. This idea makes us believe it’s the only way to be the best. The same concept happens with fitness. We want to train all day every day for a sport or to reach our personal goals.

We also want to prove to ourselves that we can handle anything that comes our way. But what if I told you this is actually hindering you from being successful?

Would you believe me if I told you that taking a day off is necessary for success?

I didn’t believe this at first. Growing up with a Marine Corp. dad, my siblings and I were always on the go. We were busy playing sports, going to school, studying, anything that was productive. So this idea that you need at least one day to rest was foreign to me. Once my coach broke down the rest day to a science, it made sense.

A rest day is just as important as working out.

Why?

It’s an equal part of the process. A rest day is required to build strength, endurance, and muscle. When you’re in a fitness routine, you’re going to have days when you feel sore. You’ll have aches and pains in your body because you’re breaking down muscle tissue. Which means the body needs time to heal in order to for your muscles, nerves, and tissue to rebuild and recover.

If we don’t take a day off and rest, we’re more likely to get injured or not perform at our best because our body will give out.

This concept doesn’t necessarily have to apply to fitness. It can be used for your every day life. Get off the computer for a while and go out for a walk. Put your phone down and read a book. Take some time to just unwind and heal yourself, body and mind. You’d be surprised how amazing you’ll feel the next day.

What do you do on your rest days? Leave a comment below and let me know. Also if you like this post, make sure you share it with friends and family.

Til next time,

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