After having to take a couple rest days last week, I learned how easy it is for one to over train. It really takes a toll on your body. And, I have to admit something. I think I was exercising a bit too much. I worked out 2 hours, most days of the week. I only took 1 rest day a week. That is NOT enough rest, considering my long workouts. Here is how I personally felt.
- At first, I wasn’t tired. But, I stared feeling fatigue after a couple months and I didn’t feel like completing my workouts, even though I did complete them.
- I started losing muscle and gained more fat.
- Odd thing is that I haven’t gotten sick. Well, at least not yet. I read online that it can be a symptom of over training since your body is too weak to ward of disease. It affects the immune system.
My good friend helped me realized this. He was worried about my health and he made sure I took the full rest days to allow my body to recover. He made it clear that I needed the rest days. I was hesitant at first but I ended up listening to him. I felt more relaxed and at peace during the rest days. Comes to show the importance of rest days.
Also, I should be taking at least 2 rest days a week. On those rest days, I can walk. Other than that, I should be resting. I may do some yoga stretches and poses along with walking but that’s about it on my rest days.
Hopefully, you guys understand the importance of rest days. I scheduled one of my rest days on my busiest day of the week, Wednesday. I also decided to schedule one on a weekend because it is nice to rest on the weekend. Hopefully, I won’t have to go through this again! Before feeling calm and at peace, I was scared that I would gain weight and lose some stamina and strength. But really, if your body needs rest, rest. If not, it will break down.
Like my friend said, “If you hurt more than usual: rest. Your body knows itself better than you know it.” What I get from this is that your body knows what pain it is going through. You may ignore it and brush it off as nothing wrong. However, the pain is telling you to rest. So, rest if your body is telling you to rest.
I hope to build up some of my muscle again. And I will be incorporating pilates into my routine. It will take time for the soreness to go away but that is okay.
Have you over trained before?
What are your tips for recovery?
How many rest days do you take a week?