Many people forget that recovery is just as important as the training. It’s vital to get enough rest, sleep and food.
When you do an intense session in the gym your immune system takes a hit. This is why it’s important to take a rest day, if you don’t you risk becoming ill. There are ways to avoid over-training, take a rest day after a couple of days of training, try including lighter days in your training programme, consume enough food to fuel your body and aim to get 8 hours sleep a night.
On your rest day avoid doing any hard exercise and avoid going to the gym, we don’t want you getting bored of the gym! However, you can do some light exercise like a gentle bike ride or 30 minute walk.
A good night’s sleep can help you in many ways other than in the gym. Your muscle will recover and rebuild in your sleep so a good 8 hours sleep will help massively when building muscle. Sleep will also help with your productivity and concentration, which means your gym sessions will be more productive because you will have the energy to work hard.
Your diet cannot be forgotten when talking about recovery. Your body is like a car, if you don’t put fuel in it or the right kind of fuel it isn’t going to run very well. Consuming enough protein is so important for building muscle. The majority of people eat meat, eggs and fish and these are great sources of protein but don’t restrict yourself to these… experiment.
Never underestimate recovery, it’s vital for weight loss, building muscle and endurance training.
Thank you for reading. I hope this information helps you to achieve your goals. If you ever have any questions on anything discussed on this blog, please get in touch.
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