For those fitness freaks who feel as though days of training are equivalent to weeks with no weekend, we’re here to tell you otherwise! The human body is a marvellous thing, so when it’s saying you need a break, chances are you probably do! Training day in and day out puts strain on your muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones and joints.
Your body needs time to rest, and by avoiding a day off or two, you’re putting yourself at greater risk of injury. Plus, taking a day off means you can put in 110% in your next session! If you're feeling energetic on your rest day, break the norm with an outdoor adventure or explore a new sport instead! Our favourite off-day exercises include: swimming, yoga, hiking, bike riding, rock climbing.
WHY ADULTS NEED BED TIME TOO
Did you know lack of sleep is one of the most detrimental factors to a healthy lifestyle? If you're guilty of scrolling through Instagram & learning how to create the perfect winged eyeliner on Youtube when you should be fast asleep, you're more likely to fall off the rails! Here's why:
- Sleeping less than six hours a night has been proven to decrease leptin levels in your body - a hormone produced in your fat cells that helps control hunger & cravings.
- Lack of sleep is proven to push you towards the naughty foods you know you should stay away from, due to a rise in cortisol levels (a stress hormone strongly associated with fat gain). Put simply, a stressed you = bad decision making (yes, eating those cookies at 3 a.m. is a bad decision!)
- A bad night's sleep decreases your body's protein synthesis, which is the ability to form muscle, in turn causing muscle loss & a higher risk of injury.