In our diet and exercise obsessed world it’s very easy to get swept along with the hype and worry that we are not doing enough or that others are faster, stronger and fitter than us. When these kinds of thoughts take over we can push ourselves to over exercise and end up in a dangerous cycle of self loathing and over-training. Here are 5 reasons to rest on those days when you’re not feeling it.
1.Rest is good for you. It allows your muscles to recover and heal so you can come back stronger.
2.Over-training can result in injury and is also linked to post-exercise low mood/depression. If you enjoy working out (why else would you be doing it?!) taking a break should mean that you continue to enjoy it.
3.Variety is the spice of life and trying out some other, more restful, forms of self care may help you to relax and unwind as opposed to the high of an intense work out.
4.Because you can! It’s sooooo important to be able to enjoy rest as well as working out. When you start becoming stressed about not working out that could be a sign that there is something more going on than just a love of activity. If you are worried that you may be suffering from a compulsive exercise disorder there is more information and a short questionnaire here.
5.Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to work out and that’s ok. If you’re not going to enjoy it then there’s no point in forcing yourself. As I’m writing this the UK is in the grip of a heatwave, I honestly can’t think of anything worse than forcing myself to work out in this heat in a sweaty gym.
If you are in the mood to workout and are looking for reasons to get moving, I’ve written a post on that here.