The excitement of a new fitness routine, and the concept of sculpting that perfect body is motivating, but rest is a crucial element as well. It is important to incorporate the appropriate amount of rest into any routine to allow your body to recuperate, and prevent serious injury and burnout.
Sleep is an important element in a fitness routine. Not getting a sufficient amount of sleep can lead to a decrease in energy, and growth hormone levels. Not only is sleep important for your fitness routine, but for your overall health as well. The average adult needs 7 to 8.5 hours of sleep to be at their peak performance. When planning your fitness routine, also plan a daily routine that includes the right amount of sleep.
Weight training routines should include a day off between each weight lifting session. The body needs this time to repair and heal muscles. Not allowing your muscles to rest can ultimately result in an injury that could possibly derail any fitness routine.
Ways to make sure you get adequate rest:
• Set, and follow a sleep schedule. This may sound silly, but consistency is the key. Make a conscious effort to get in bed at, or near the same time every night.
• Plan your routines carefully, making sure to include “rest” days.
• Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep per night.
In order to reach your bodies fullest potential, you have to care for it properly. Getting the rest you need and deserve will only enhance your performance, and make you feel much better. If you need help to calm your body and mind, you may want to try some simple stretches or even a couple of relaxing yoga poses before bed time. A good fitness routine takes a lot of energy from your body, one quick way to gain it back is to rest.