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Exercise and Rest Duo

Updated on February 15, 2013

Feeling guilty to have a quick rest after a tiring week of exercise routines. Well don't! Rest serves the body well; so enjoy it.

We exercise to lose weight and to stay fit. Some exercise more than others, in fact. No matter how hard we exercise though, there is one thing we should always do after – rest.

Exercise, exercise, rest. Then exercise once more. This is how it should be. Our body needs to rest and recover from the stress it undergoes during exercise. We need to regain the used up fluids and energy to build up strength and stamina.

Why rest after exercise

Exercise without rest is hardly the healthy way to lose weight. Without or lack of rest, we grow weak.

During exercise, we strain our muscles. Our pulls and pushes tear our muscles apart. In order to repair these broken tissues, it requires rest.

Exercise and training are all good for the body. But just like everything else, too much exercise is bad. It deteriorates our strength. Exercise without rest causes fatigue and anxiety. When this happens, you know your body is aching for some periods of rest.

How to rest after exercise

  • Keep the body hydrated to replenish the used up fluids during workout.
  • Pace yourself as you do cardio workouts and/or strength trainings. For example, rest for a minute after running a mile; or stop after doing 50 push-ups. Don't overwork your muscles avoid any injuries during exercise. Remember that recovery of injured muscles takes longer than mere recovery from intense exercise.
  • Perform static stretches after exercise. It helps cool down your very hot muscles. Stretching also prevents muscle and back pains.
  • Make sure to get a good night's sleep.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Eat healthy foods. Avoid sodium and junk foods, if you can.

If you feel muscle pains after workouts, be glad! You're body will be stronger after it has recovered and repaired for a day or two.

If you don't feel any pains after workouts, it means you're body is akin to your current fitness level. It means it's time to increase speed and intensity in your workouts.

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