Taking Some Time to Rest – No Days OFF®
The term “rest days,” when it comes to your fitness routine, be it a bootcamp gym or any other fitness classes for that matter, is more than a bit deceptive. When personal trainers use the term, it doesn’t mean that you can just lounge about and do nothing. Rest days simply means that you shouldn’t be working out at the same intensity that you would be in your bootcamp classes so that your body has a chance to recover and heal from the workout the day before.
Believe it or not, skipping rest days and working out full bore every day can actually be worse for you and your physical development than taking a day between workouts. If you don’t allow your body the time to recover, it could actually lead to injuries that will postpone your fitness goals or even negate months of effort in a single stroke. Sprains, strains, and muscle pain are some of the most common injuries from over exerting yourself. They can be worse though especially if you ignore the pain and proceed as if nothing was wrong. There is some truth to “no pain, no gain,” but even that has acceptable limits and you should listen to what your body is telling you. If you press yourself too hard, you may be seeing a lot more “personal trainers” when you come in for your physical therapy sessions.
If your personal trainers at your fitness classes tell you to take a rest day, best listen to them and go play your favorite sport or other physical activity that you enjoy. It’s all relative, take it easy on your rest days, but don’t become a sloth and do nothing. Trainers like myself have seen a lot and we may not tell you specifics, but we know from experience that rest days are an integral part to your physical fitness and ignoring them can be harmful to your progress. We’ve seen it happen.