Why Working Out Every Day Is Actually Not Great For You

Ah, the sweet smell of summer is only a few months away, which means everyone you know is probs already putting in work to get their best beach body before bikini season rolls around.

And while that’s great and all , hitting the gym and working out every day might actually be harming you in the long run.

Turns out taking rest days in between your beast-mode workouts is important, and not resting might even be what’s keeping you from seeing the results that you want.

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Allowing your body to recover from those weighted squats actually helps your muscles repair faster so that you can keep working out intensely without burning out or overstraining yourself, because if you get injured, that’s the worst thing that could happen to your workout plans.

You should be giving yourself at least two rest days a week, minimum.

And if you think you might be overtraining yourself, here are some signs you should pay attention to: not sleeping well, mood shifts, unexplained aches and pains and you’re constantly exhausted. You have to listen to your body, and if you’re not, your workouts aren’t doing any good.

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However, if you’re afraid you’ll lose all of your endurance by reducing your workouts to every other day, then take what’s called an “active rest” day. Instead of not doing anything, go for a long walk or a slow jog just to keep moving. Even a low intensity workout, like easy yoga or stretching, is better than going ham everyday.

And if you’re still not seeing the results you want after incorporating these rest days, switch up your workout. Challenging your body to adapt to a new workout might help break that lull you’re stuck in.

Good luck, bikini body builders.

[H/T] Self

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