In all of our workout programs at HIITBURN, we recommend working out 3-5 times a week with two rest days.
Now, one of the rest days can be an active rest day. By that, we mean you can go for a walk, do some yoga, or go for a hike! But, we do recommend taking one of the rest days as a total rest day where you do no official workout!
People always ask us, “But I want to reach my goals so I need to workout 7 days a week, multiple times a day!”
Or we hear, “I will lose all my hard work if I take two days off…”
Although you may think this, the opposite is actually true!
Today, we want to talk to you about OVERTRAINING!
First off, overtraining means a state that someone is in when their body is not recovering well or fast enough to the amount of work they are putting in.
Another way to explain it is this:
During rest days, your muscle’s are regenerating and recovering. Skimping on your rest days can cause excess muscle soreness, burnout mentally and physically, mood swings, and can even affect sleep! When you are overtraining, your performance in exercising can decrease. You may not be able to strength train as well, run slower times, or take longer to get through HIIT-style workouts.
There are a lot of aspects to fitness and health and allowing yourself to reach your goals and perform well in the gym or whatever you are training for is so important! We cannot stress it enough!
Rest is a HUGE piece of the fitness puzzle and that is why we always recommend two days of rest a week!
Did you know that your body grows while resting, not while training?
How cool is that?
Also, rest days can you a great mental break, so that you are ready to dominate your next workout after some rest and recovery!
That is why making sure to give your body and muscles adequate rest is so important and vital for you to reach your fitness goals!
If you think you may be overtraining, here are some ways to access if you may be:
Are you feeling extra fatigued? Are you lacking motivation in your workouts? Are you results plateauing? Do you get post-workout headaches?
There are more signs but we want you to be aware that overtraining is a huge thing and something we do not want you to do to your body!
Interested in learning more?
We put together a more in-depth YouTube titled “Overtraining and Under Eating”.