To Rest Or Not To Rest?

A few days ago, one of my friends posted on his Facebook wall that he was going to push hard on his workout. This was after one week of working out hard each and every day.  He also added, “rest days are for women.”

If you are one of those people who believe that you should be working out on a daily basis, I have a question for you: Are you happy with your progress? If you answered yes, then by all means, keep doing what you’re doing. If you answered no, you need to step back and consider changing your ways.

Take a good look at the average Joes who do not workout at all. Their daily routine probably consists of waking up, going to work, coming home, watching some TV or playing games, and then sleep, normally for around about 7-8 hours. That’s kind of strange isn’t it? Unless their jobs require it, they aren’t using their body for any intense physical activity, but they still have a natural need to sleep at night. Without the sleep, their body and mind will slowly fall apart.

So do you still think you can do seven days a week without taking a rest day? You’re doing the exact thing like the average joe’s daily routine, and yet you’re adding in intense physical workouts like P90X or Insanity, so, wouldn’t you naturally need more rest? And since given there’s only 24 hours in a day, the chances of being able to get MORE sleep than the average is fairly non-existent.  Therefore, you need to allow your body to rest and recover in other ways — by taking a rest day — one day per week without an intense physical workout.

*Make sure to get your 8 hours of sleep daily. Read more on the Power of 8-8-8

I am sure that there are some people who will argue that they feel great and strong by working out daily. And my response to that is simple: Your body has adapted to your level of intensity and frequency, and thus no longer forcing the need to change. Again, this is great if you’re happy with your current progress, so keep doing what you’re doing.

Why do you think Tony Horton designed P90X2 so that there will be 2 days of rest? Because the workouts are even harder than in P90X and your body needs the time to recover  so that you will get better and stronger. And keep in mind, P90X2 is ONLY for those who are already physically fit and have done at least 1 complete round of P90X  — being fit doesn’t mean that you don’t need to let your body rest and recover.

So, don’t you think you need AT LEAST one day of rest while doing any kind of physical workout program? Give your body [the same kind of love you give it by working out and let it rest. For those who focus is on muscle size, you should know that your muscle grows and repairs itself when you’re resting, and not while working out, so rest is even more IMPORTANT for your success.

If you’re still itching to do something because you’re addicted to working out, you can do ‘active resting’ by taking a long easy walk around the neighborhood with your dog. Or go hiking and enjoy the beauty of nature. If you want to do something indoors, then I can recommend doing an easy stretching type of Yoga. Hatha Yoga is appropriate, or even Iyengar Yoga. Avoid Power /Ashtanga Yoga, like the one in P90X YogaX. You can learn other Yoga styles that might suit you here: h



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