Resting can be just as important for achieving that fit body, Zest columnist Dame Kelly Holmes explains...
Your body needs time to adapt after exercise. Repeatedly working out at a high intensity without giving yourself time to rest and recover, will actually stop you from making any progress fitness-wise. Your muscles grow when you rest, while overtraining can actually make your weight plateau and negatively affects everything from your sleep to your mood.
But it’s not just your muscles that benefit from a bit of time out. Rest is important for your motivation, too. After all, your mind is the driver behind you achieving anything, including your fitness goals.
When you’ve got a goal in mind, like training for a marathon, it's easy to get caught up in it. Suddenly you’ve worked out for five days in a row, and not only is your body exhausted but you’ve started to lose your sense of perspective.
Do this too often and you’ll start feeling, overwhelmed and before you know it your goal feels further out of sight, making you more likely to give up. By taking a step back from it all every few days, you can reflect on what you’ve done, and motivate yourself to work hard at your next session.
Motivation: the 1,2,3 of achieving your goals
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