A common trap that people fall into when they first begin to workout is overdoing things. We have been taught to work hard, long hours to get where we want to be in life. While muscle building requires hard work, too much effort can be counterproductive.
You can’t build muscle tissue without rest and recovery. Working out the same muscles for a long period of time, every single day, won’t give your muscles the proper amount of time to repair themselves. The result is a worn out body that is more vulnerable for injury and illness. You also won’t be seeing much, if any, muscle gain.
So you want to properly set up your rest and recovery routine when you begin any type of workout. Most workouts actually touch on this a bit, but for those not following a program that lays out a daily program, let’s take a closer look at things.
The amount of hours you sleep at night are essential. If you are now working out regularly, sleep is that much more important. That’s because you are putting your body through stress during the workouts. If you are not getting at the very least six hours of sleep per day, your body will not be able to hold up. After a few workouts, your energy levels will be down, your immune system will break down and you won’t have enough time to properly build and repair muscle tissue.
Each workout program is different. You can’t find one program though that doesn’t include a rest day. Even P90X, one of the most well-known and intense workouts on the market, gives you rest days. This is where there is a bit of leeway. Some people think you should workout one day, rest the next. Some just say you need 1-2 rest days. The best way to see what works for you is to just see how your body reacts. At the very least, one off day is needed to see results. You don’t want to have any injury setbacks.