BY DAN BUHLER
Scheduling a recovery day is vital to your body recharging and strengthening after a workout. Your body needs to recover from the physical stress you exude at the gym. If you work out every single day, an hour or more, your chances for injury increase and in the long-term will keep you from consistently hitting your goals. Rest time allows your muscles to rebound and strengthen, which will consistently move you toward your goals.
Be sure to take regular breaks, whether it’s every other day (if you’re a beginner) or once a week (for the advanced) and make sure you vary your workouts. It’s important to have variety in your exercise routine because the same training pattern can lead to injuries as well as boredom and decreased motivation.
During a recovery day, you can still enjoy some active time. Ideas for active recovery include, taking a brisk walk, a low-impact yoga class or a leisurely bike ride.
Dan Buhler is a personal trainer at Razor Sharp Fitness. Learn more at razorsharpfit.com.