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Why a rest day is good for you

Working out intensely every day or within a single workout is not always productive for your body.

Sometimes finding the motivation during the day to exercise can be difficult. But other times, we overdo it and try to make up for a missed workout. Exercising efficiently and consistently is key, but also giving your body time to recover and rejuvenate is equally as important.

If you go too hard on the treadmill and cause yourself stress
and exhaustion, it can be more harmful than good. This can lead to injuries, stress fractures, muscle strains and joint pain. So what is the right
amount of exercise? The American College of Sports Medicine recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio exercise per
week. This could be 30-60 minutes of moderate exercise on a treadmill five days per week or 20-60 minutes working out vigorously three days per
week. It’s also worthwhile having set days to focus on major muscle groups (2-3 days per week), with the help of equipment such as vibration machines, and leaving at least 48 hours for recovery between each training session.

It’s ideal to have at least two days rest before working on the same muscle group, with a full recovery usually occurring 72 – 96 hours later. There
are factors that affect your recovery time including age, intensity level of the workout, how many sessions per week, and training experience so it’s best to listen to your body and understand
its needs.

Allowing just enough time to recover allows for strength building, endurance and muscle creation.
Working out, especially during resistance training, breaks down the muscles causing microscopic tears and so rest days are there to help your muscles,
nerves, bones and connective tissue rebuild.

Getting quality sleep and drinking enough water also
helps create optimal conditions when your body is exercising and healing.

Contact us to chat about how you can enjoy the benefits of treadmills or vibration machines
in the comfortable and convenience of your own home!

 

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