For those gym regulars, you probably know that rest days are just as important as gym days. However, a lot of people don’t know this and on the days they are not resting, they are not doing the right activities. That is why they would constantly feel fatigued, both physically and mentally.
If you are unsure what to do on your rest days, we can take you through three things that will make sure you are resting efficiently. This doesn’t just mean sitting around in a full tracksuit either.
Diet is always important when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. This includes rest days. You still need to eat and drink properly on the days you are not working out. The reason is that your muscles are still repairing from previous gym sessions. Therefore, they need to be provided with enough water and protein to help the repair process.
The problem that many people have during their rest days is that they see it as the perfect day to eat “junk food”. Although junk food is good now and again, it shouldn’t be consumed on your rest days. Save one day at the weekend where you can eat junk food however, don’t eat it all day. Maybe treat yourself to a takeaway or even a greasy breakfast on Saturday morning.
Water is equally as important on your rest days. You don’t need that sugary drink that you have been craving. Alcohol is something else you should avoid on your rest days because it dehydrates the body.
Some people are busybodies and like to be doing something every day. However, this isn’t advised on your rest days. Play video games, watch television or go to the spa. Do whatever that makes you feel relaxed. Even spending time with friends and family is a good way to rest.
When you are going to the gym, you are likely at your busiest because you are likely working and working out on the same day. That isn’t much time to unwind and completely relax the mind. That is why on your rest days, you do more than relax your muscles. You also put your mind at rest, ready for the next gym session.
Some people don’t understand the importance of sleep, they just do it because they have to. That shouldn’t be the case, whether you are going to the gym or not. Having plenty of sleep gives us a chance to recharge our batteries, especially for those who are feeling a little sleep-deprived.
We advise that you aim for around 8 hours of sleep a night or at least 7. If you think you are behind on sleep, take the time to have a quick nap during your rest days. Don’t just sit in your favourite streetwear for men all day doing nothing. Just take some time to get some extra sleep instead.