How to Take Rest Days

How to Take Rest Days

I need to address a common problem I see with clients: actually prioritizing rest.

If some exercise is good, more must be better, right? No, actually. Too much exercise without proper recovery will lead to overreaching. When you overreach, you put yourself at risk for injury, sickness and your performance decreases.

When performance decreases, your results suffer - and that will negatively affect fat loss.

A good rule of thumb if you’re doing full body workouts is to shoot for 3x/week with a day or 2 of rest between. If you’d like to do HIIT, I like 2x/week. You can do it right after strength or on off days. This leaves you with an ideal 2-3 days of complete rest every week.

Not only will this prevent overreaching, but it will allow you to have good balance in your life (aka your life won’t revolve around your workout schedule).

Remember - you build muscle on the days you rest, not the days you workout.

So, if you feel like you need to workout 6-7 days per week to see progress, try cutting back slightly and there’s a good chance you’ll not only feel better, but look better.

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