In order to burn calories and lose weight, you need to really be pushing yourself in the gym whilst training. It’s no use going to the gym and simply going through the motions when training. In order to get the most from your training, you need to get serious. However, a crucial, and often overlooked element of any weight loss training regime, is rest and recovery. Rest days are just as important as training days, in fact, some would argue that they’re more important.
Here’s a look at why rest and recovery days are so important.
Aids in Recovery
After you finish a grueling workout, you’ll probably have noticed how your body aches and you feel sore. This is because you’ve literally damaged your muscles through training.
In order for the muscles to repair themselves, you need to rest. When we rest, our bodies repair the damage we caused when training and they rebuild the muscles even bigger and stronger than they used to be.
Contrary to popular belief, there is such a thing as overtraining, and if you push yourself too hard, too frequently, you do indeed run the risk of overtraining. Overtraining means that you are literally doing too much exercise and are not allowing your body to catch up and recover. Overtraining can result in muscle wastage, it can suppress the metabolism, it will leave you feeling tired, sore, and lethargic, and it can potentially result in you gaining weight. When it comes to working out, rest days are just as important as training days.
When exercising, there’s always a risk of injury, no matter how careful you are. If you’re training too frequently however, your muscles and joints are far more susceptible to injury. If you are constantly putting your muscles, joints, and tendons under pressure when training, they will weaken and become more vulnerable. Rest days, however, allow various parts of your body to recover and to become bigger and stronger once more. If you’re looking to avoid injury rest and recovery days are extremely beneficial.
Improves athletic performance
If you’re going to the gym seven days a week, training for hours on end, you’ll find yourself physically and mentally drained and burnt out. As you’re so tired you won’t be able to perform at your best because you’ll be so tired. Taking a couple of rest and recovery days each week, however, will help you to replenish your physical and mental energy so you get more done in the gym, or wherever else you choose to exercise.
Final Thoughts On Losing Weight Permanently
Congratulations on making it to the end of this short, introductory guide on losing weight easily, quickly and permanently. As you now know, losing weight is not about following fad diets and making small changes here and there, it’s about a total lifestyle overhaul. There are no quick fixes when it comes to weight loss, but like anything in life, the more you know about it, the easier it becomes.
To help make your weight loss journey that little bit easier, we’re now going to wrap things up by sharing a few tried and tested tips for losing weight and improving your fitness in a safe and controlled manner.
Have you ever noticed how people complaining about wanting to lose weight will always claim to be starting their diet and healthy eating regime on a Monday? It could be a Wednesday and the individual wanting to lose weight would still claim to be starting their diet on a Monday. This is usually so that they can stuff their faces for the next several days as a final blow out, as they may call it, which means that they usually gain even more weight. Stop looking for excuses, stop waiting until Monday, and instead, start your diet and fitness regime today. The sooner you start and get off the mark, the sooner you will start seeing results.
Consider your long-term goals
Another thing you can do to ensure that you lose weight and stick to your healthy lifestyle is to consider long-term goals. Don’t just think about how much fat you want to lose, consider your long-term goals as well. Where do you want to be a year, two years, five years from now? Is your weight-loss sustainable and are you willing to change your lifestyle instead of simply crash dieting and yo-yo dieting?
Change your lifestyle
If you’re serious about getting in shape and staying in shape, it’s essential that you change your lifestyle.
As mentioned, there is no quick fix for weight loss, and unfortunately, when most people lose weight quickly, they soon revert back to their old ways and gain the weight back, plus a little bit extra.
If you change your lifestyle, however, that won’t happen. You will learn healthy recipes and healthy habits that promote health and longevity and help you to keep the weight off.
Finally, if you are ready to commit to obtaining a leaner and healthier body, you need to make sure that you have fun and enjoy yourself. So many people out there follow diets that literally make them miserable, and then they wonder why they cheat or quit.
When you commit to getting in shape, try to have as much fun as you can. Eat healthy foods you enjoy, perform the exercise you enjoy, and if you aren’t enjoying yourself, look for things that you can do to turn that around. Well, thanks for joining me and continuing to the end. I wish you all the success in your future weight loss endeavors.