Recovery is so important to any type of exercise regimen. I often get questions about it in the gym, and in response I always say that as much I as want you in the gym, I also want you out of the gym recovering your body correctly.
Do you ever feel like your workouts aren’t as great as you feel they should be? Ever wake up so sore you can barely get out of bed without moaning, then get up and head off to the gym anyway? Maybe, just maybe, your body is saying, "Let's REST today."
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you make the decision to give your body a break:
1. Rest doesn’t have to mean don’t move. Rest can be a nice long walk or even a short jog. When you break down your muscles with weight training, they need to be given a chance to repair.
2. I am a firm believer in great supplements, but not even the best supplements can carry you through heavy training sessions 7 days a week.
3. Food is another key factor in recovery. So many leave the gym, get busy and don’t consume any whole foods for hours. This will cause your body to go into starvation mode, causing your body to begin pulling from your muscles, creating fatigue. After working so hard in the gym, it's important to put just as much care into what you use to refuel!