Recovery Days are Necessary.

( It is very easy to lose patience with your body. Some workout because it makes them feel great while others are doing so to improve overall health, then there are some that are working on weight loss. Regardless, of why you work out it is important to have patience with your body. Most of us didn’t get out of shape overnight. When we see people in the gym that are for, and ripped, it’s easy to want their body like yesterday. What we tend to overlook is some of those people have been working out for years, and others have been athletes since they were kids. Don’t let that discourage you, not cause you to hurt your body. Doing cardio on a daily basis, in moderation, is quite okay. However, straining workouts require recovery days.

Working out requires balance. Grant it many of us are trying to break out of the state of inactivity, but doing so incorrectly can cause injury, and delay of progress. “The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio exercise per week. This can be achieved through spending 30 to 60 minutes working out moderately five days per week or spending 20 to 60 minutes working out vigorously three days per week. For strength training, ACSM recommendations suggest training each major muscle group two or three days per week and leaving at least 48 hours for recovery between each training session.” When we want immediate gratification its easy to ignore the above-mentioned advice.

However, most people don’t fitness train for a living so you have a job. It one isn’t careful they will find it very difficult to get out of bed as our muscles can lock up. Furthermore, when the body is in this state the chances of pulling something increases. This degree of pain can discourage working out, and alter ones’ emotional state. A very large part of recovery is rest; sleep is necessary for growth. “When you perform excessive amounts of exercise without proper rest and recovery you may experience some harmful side effects including decreased performance, fatigue, altered hormonal states, poor sleeping patterns, reproductive disorders, decreased immunity, loss of appetite, and mood swings.”

Taking the proper time to recover from a workout is better than facing rehabilitation due to injury. Pulling muscles, tearing major ligaments and joint damage can not only set your goals back, but it can undo the progress you have achieved. This is take a toll on your confidence as it would leave you feeling your work was in vain. The world we live in is anti-balance; everything must move at an accelerated pace, and we are not to slow down until we reach said goals. This is not the way the body functions. It requires a time to be active, and a time to rest. Everything must be done in moderation when you are dealing with your body. So, regardless of ow tempting it may look to hit the gym hard every day…know that it is not the best thing for your body. Being diligent to recovery days as you are to the workout will allow your body to be in the best shape.

Staff Writer; Christian Starr

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