The importance of sleep and rest days
Having goals you’re passionate about is normal and natural. Not only that, but if you see a long road ahead of you towards achieving those goals, it’s possible to have one of two reactions:
- Give up and quit
- Overdo it
In this blog post I’m going to address #2. We’re all guilty of it regardless of what stage of fitness we’re in, whether we’re beginners just started out or seasoned pros who are VERY intent upon getting the job done and are enjoying it too much.
It could happen for many reasons. You may be aggressively training for a competition. Perhaps there’s a 10K coming up and you’re realizing that you’ve started your training a bit late in the game. Maybe you’re just trying too hard to “do it all” and have set high expectations for yourself.
I’m here to tell you why your enthusiasm is wonderful, but you need to go eaaaaaasyyyyyy on yourself. Rest days allow your body to repair muscle and prevent injury. Sleep allows you to recharge for the day ahead. Not getting enough of either can lead to all sorts of not fun things like:
- Injuries – these can be minor or major, and can potentially take you out of your training for days, weeks, and sometimes months
- Illnesses – these are signs that your body has HAD it.
- Burn out – mental and physical fatigue to the point of risking one or both of the above
And besides, those thing I listed suck and will make you not be able to work out. Everything in moderation for best results!
Treat your body right, you only get one per lifetime.