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The importance of rest after workouts

According to an article from “Breaking Muscle” rest and recovery are critical components of any successful training program. They are also the least planned and underutilized ways to enhance performance. You may not be aware, but there is a difference between rest and recovery or how to properly implement them both. If you train for 10 hours per week, you have 158 non-training hours or 95 percent of your time left for rest and recovery.

If you counted the amount of calories you burnt this week, you’d be very impressed with your efforts.

It’s been a full month, and you are loving your new approach to your lifestyle and fitness change. Take the time to acknowledge your accomplishments. Give yourself a pat on the back and understand your progressive approach.

With all that effort you’ve been putting in, you have to understand how important rest is within your regime.

The countless benefits of rest and sleep after intense workouts continue to increase. From reducing inflammation, to weight reduction and lower stress levels, rest is as imperative as choosing healthier food options and having a consistent workout regime. Rest essentially is a multifaceted component of your workout lifestyle that should never be ignored.

The lack of rest can have a greater adverse affect on your body than you would think. Your muscles need to repair and the best way for that to happen is with rest.

If you’ve been adamant about your lifestyle change, and have been doing everything correctly — eating proper and sustainable foods, hydrating with water, working out enough times weekly and still there’s been no recession in your waistline, rest could be the culprit.

Given the active workloads that everyone faces, getting rest and sleep sounds easier than it is to be implemented.

Who has time to get seven to eight hours sleep every night? (Hours depend on each individual.) The reality of it is we never mentally shutdown. There’s always something to think about that has our mind in a continuous active state. You fall asleep at 10:30 p.m. and you’re up at 3 a.m. and can’t get back to sleep until it’s too late. It’s a common problem that happens nightly to the masses.

Although these occurrences can hinder the amount or quality of rest that we get on a weekly basis, we still should never take rest for granted. From the cognitive refreshers it gives us, to the repair that our muscles need, rest is an essential element to our daily life.


  • Stay positive. Be purely consistent. Achieve more. And go get it! Emilio Bullard is a personal trainer at Balmoral Club. He can be contacted at

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