Fitness trainer shares why rest days are an ‘important part of any exercise routine’
Elaborating on the same, celebrity fitness trainer Namrata Purohit shared on Instagram why a rest day is as important as working out.
“Something I feel isn’t spoken about enough.. why rest?? It’s so so important, and is actually when your muscles build and (you) start to see a difference. It’s important for your body and mind,” she wrote.
She pointed out the following reasons:
*Alleviates muscle pain and soreness: During a rest day, the body gets a chance to remove excess lactate from the muscles, which reduces muscle pain.
*Repairs and builds muscles: Exercise can cause microscopic tears in muscle tissue. During rest days, cells called fibroblasts repair and build up the muscle tissue.
*Replenishes body energy stores: Exercise depletes glycogen levels, a form of energy stored in the muscles, leading to muscle fatigue. Glycogen stores are replenished during rest days, reducing fatigue and preparing the muscles for the next workout.
*Prevents injury: Overexercising can lead to repetitive strain on the muscles, increasing the risk of injury.
*Allows mind to rest: Overexercising can also tire the mind, which can lead to poor decision making during a workout routine, increasing the risk of injury.