The Importance Of Recovery

The Importance Of Recovery

Many people think that when they start a workout routine, they have to go, go, go to see any real results. While that may work short-term, it’s important to give yourself time to rest and recover. Overtraining can actually hurt your workout and put an undue strain on your body. And resting between workouts can actually help you come back stronger and optimize your training sessions. Want to know more? Here are few ways recovery can help you meet your fitness goals.

When you workout, you’re challenging your body and pushing your muscles to their limits. After a challenging workout, it’s important to give yourself time to rest and recover. During recovery, your body repairs and strengthens itself. Without a recovery period, your muscles don’t have a chance to rebuild and grow, and you also have a greater risk of injuring yourself.

Another reason it’s important to add recovery time to your workout routine is because exercise depletes your stored energy and your body needs time to rebuild your energy reserve. Recovery gives your body the downtime it needs to stay healthy and on track with your workouts.

If you’ve been working on your fitness routine without factoring in recovery, there are some signs of overtraining that you should be aware of.

  • Lack of energy
  • Depression
  • Decreased athletic performance
  • Elevated resting heart rate
  • Loss of motivation
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased appetite

To avoid these symptoms, include a day or two of recovery in between workouts, especially if you’re just starting out. Then, when you go back to the gym, you’ll feel strong, healthy, and more able to keep pushing yourself to reach your fitness goals.

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