Great tips from a man who has trained some of the world’s best athletes! I personally spent years struggling with the importance of what I’ve referred to as the “dirty R word” – but truly, taking time for recovery is one of the most important parts of a successful workout routine. Believe it or not, our time off is what helps us to get stronger and fitter – it’s during that time that our bodies are able to rebuild themselves, leading to the fitness gains that we strive to accomplish.
That said, always listen to your body. If you are feeling run down, don’t be afraid to take it easy with active rest, or to completely take a day off from the gym. Your heart rate is another indicator that can signify the need for a rest day (or two) – if your resting heart rate is higher than usual, or you find youself having a hard time raising your heart rate even during strenous exercise, it’s time to take some time off.