Whatever your fitness goals is, rest is just as important as training and nutrition. I think about it as an equal three way split. Often people invest into a training plan and are very considered about their food choices, but they completely forget to adjust their rest and sleep schedule.
What happens if you don’t get enough rest and recovery time?
Firstly, your body won’t adapt to and your results will plateau, you won’t be able to get any stronger or faster. Secondly, if you consistently train without enough recovery time, you will start to lose strength, your immune system will suffer and your energy levels will crash too. Rest is essential.
Often, I hear people in the wellness industry telling us that we should move our bodies everyday. I completely agree with this, however many people think that ‘moving’ has to be working out, training, running etc. Movement can also be just walking or stretching. On my rest days, I’ll do some mobility stretches and foam roll my legs and back.
How much rest do I need?
Everyone’s body is different and it depends on both the intensity of your training, as well as the duration. This year I am training for endurance, and so as my weekly miles increase, my rest and sleep will increase too. As for ‘rest days’ there is no set amount that is right or wrong but unfortunately most people aren’t resting enough.
Here are a few signs that you need to rest and sleep more…
Personally, I try to be flexible with your training schedule, our lives are all mega busy and sometime your need to adapt the plan. I often do my long run at the weekend, it can be either Saturday or Sunday, I then adjust my rest days too. Listen to you body, it knows when you need to rest. Prioritising rest could be the key to improving your fitness and reaching your goals.