Written by: Kayte Corrigan
Today don’t beat yourself up if you don’t make it to the gym or fit a jog in. Memorial Day and other holidays, weekends and those days when you just don’t have the time are as important as your 4-6 weekly workouts. HIP studio trainers know that building recovery days into your workout helps train your body as it adapts to your workout schedule.
When you exercise your body experiences physical stress, and repairs itself stronger, building and toning muscle. Once the body adapts to this physical stress you have to work harder to continue to see progress like lifting more weight, trying more or faster reps, even a different type of workout.
Sleep plays a large part in recovery. A couple nights of tossing and turning might make you groggy, but consistent sleeplessness can lead to elevated cortisol levels, stress, and effect muscle recovery and mood. Some studies have even linked lack of sleep to a decrease in aerobic endurance.
So when you have a day off and you feel like sleeping in, sleep. You probably need it. A holiday as a rest day isn’t going to derail your success, in fact it may promote it by preventing overtraining and lowering your risk of injury.
Take your holiday, HIPsters! Enjoy!