You’ve gotta rest to be your best!
Rest days are SO important when it comes to exercise.
when you work your muscles during a weights workout, you actually make
tiny tears in the muscle fibres. The body uses the nutrients you’ve
consumed to give you energy to do this.
It’s only at REST that your body has time to repair and grow the muscle fibres – using something called protein synthesis.
When I say grow – I DO NOT mean BULK (ladies!)
I mean the muscles will become stronger, leaner and more toned – giving you the body shape you desire.
So number 1 – rest is important to looking lean and feeling strong.
Number 2 – overtraining puts massive strain on the CNS (Central Nervous System) and can lead to over production of insulin, which can then lead to a rise in cortisol (the stress hormone).
When this happens – in extreme cases, you can move into a adrenal fatigue state and your body will actually HANG ON to fat. We often see this when people do too much cardio.
I once did this to myself so I know all too well!
You just need to listen to your body and if you’ve hit a plateau it could be that you’re not resting enough.
You’re not giving the muscle time to repair. And you’re not giving your body time to recover from cardio sessions.
So I’m giving you permission right now to relax and let go.