Exercise is a bit like mushrooms. You either love it or you hate it, but even those who love exercise and working out need to know that recovery time is important. Although you may feel as though you have the mental and physical capabilities to work out once or twice every single day, there’s a high chance that you’re not quite as well equipped as you would think. That’s not knocking your determination of your strength but is instead taking note of the fact that recovery time is extremely important after every workout - including extremely heavy workout sessions.
Recovery time allows your body to replenish itself
Although it may be hard to believe, exercise giants such as The Rock and Arnold Schwarzenegger give themselves rest days every now and then. That’s because they recognize just how important this is to their short-term and their long-term gains in terms of their physical strength and their appearance. One of the main reasons for this is because recovery time allows the body to replenish itself after a tough workout. Physical exertion causes the muscle tissue to break down and your energy stores to dwindle, and time out gives your body the opportunity to pump these back up and repair this damaged tissue, ready for your next workout.
Recovery time reduces the risk of permanent damage
Even the fittest and most energetic of people can hurt themselves during a particularly demanding workout, and there is no way to know where this pain will come from or when it will strike. Because of this, it’s important to remain vigilant and conscious of your movement during a workout, but it’s also important to remember recovery time. If you skip your rest day and continue to work through the pain, there’s a high chance that you could permanently damage your body. You might find yourself in even more trouble, and you might even have to hang up your running sneakers. So, it’s better not to risk it.
Recovery allows you to clear metabolic byproducts
The human body really is amazing, and it has figured out just how to keep our muscles moving even in the most challenging of circumstances. Yes, during a workout, metabolic byproducts are created to deal with the increase in heart rate and general muscle movement. One of these byproducts is lactic acid, and those who are familiar with this while know that lactic acid is not comfortable or something you want in your body for too long. If you skip your recovery day and continue working out day after day, this lactic acid will be stored inside of your body for much longer than it should. If you take a rest day, however, this lactic acid will be cleared from your muscles, and you’ll feel as good as new.
A recovery day is not a day off, but rather an important day within the workout process. It’s important to keep your body moving in terms of your exercise regime, but it’s also important to give yourself a few days off here and there to be able to maintain this exercise regime. The last thing you want to do is hurt yourself.