The thumb rule of exercising is consistency. No matter what kind of exercises you do, if you are not consistent, the results will not be visible. But at the same time overstressing your body is a bad idea. Recovery plays a crucial role in a successful training regime. However, this part of strength training is commonly overlooked.
Not getting a proper amount of rest between sessions can halt your progress, especially if you are following an intense workout routine. But exactly how much rest you should take between your strength training session. Let’s find out:
Why it is important
Your body needs some time to relax and repair broken tissues after a grueling workout session. This is how your muscles change, adapt and with time get stronger. If you do not give proper resting time to your body and start training again immediately, your natural rebuilding process will slow down and you will fail to reach your goal.
The resting period depends on the type of routine you are following. If you split your training session properly like shoulder, legs, back and focus on two or three muscle groups per session then you can easily train for four to five days and then rest for one or two days. Splitting your strength training session is considered good as your muscles get some recovery time thought the week, even when you are continuously shedding your sweat in the gym.
But in case, your focus is only on the upper and lower body then you can do the workout consecutively, take a rest for a day and then exercise again.
We have mentioned the ideal timing, but if your body is asking for rest then listen to it. The resting period depends on the intensity, type of workout you are following and your stamina. If you are feeling fatigued, do not force yourself to go to the gym. If you are feeling sore and have trouble sleeping, then take a day off.