Why you need to rest your body to grow your muscles

Weight Training Squat

What if I told you that muscles aren’t made in the gym, but instead they’re built from the moment you stop lifting?

Weight Training Squat

Rest Days Should Be Called Growth Days

There are numerous 30 day mini fitness challenges available online which challenge you to perform a single exercise such as the ‘30 Day Squat Challenge’ every day for 30 days. And whilst these challenge can be fun and motivating, these types of challenges leave out something extremely important, rest.

What these challenge overlook is that training the same muscle group every day actually hinders a person’s progress… which can be really frustrating when you realise just how much effort you’ve put in to get only some of the results you deserve!

Whilst there’s quite a lot of factors involved in determining adequate rest times when it comes to exercise, what most people need to know is this simple golden rule: When it comes to weight training, it is recommended you give muscle groups 48-72 hours to recover between workouts.

This is why having well built progressive workouts and overall program before commencing any form of weight training is so important when it comes to not only the prevention of injury but when it comes to attaining those well earnt physical results.

So why do your muscle need rest to get stronger?

It’s a misconception that muscles are made in the gym. The truth is, growth of muscles actually occurs as soon as your stop lifting.

When you train, you create microscopic tears in the fiber and connective tissue of muscles. When muscles experience these tiny tears, they send a signal that they are injured and in response, special cells that are involved in growing and regenerating muscle cells come to the rescue.

By resting, the muscles are giving the time they need for the cells to carry the nutrients needed to repair these muscles and  slowly rebuild. It is through this process of tearing and repairing that muscles begin to increase in size, strength and capacity.

So by cutting your recovery time short, you hinder your damaged muscles ability to repair adequately. This as a result impedes your progress and can overtime lead to a number of all too common injuries.

And whilst there are many ways to aid your body’s recovery process including stretching, good nutrition and adequate sleep, if you try and rush your muscles recovery process and jump back into working those muscles immediately, you’ll only be sabotaging your progress and squandering your efforts.

So remember, when it comes to strength training, just as with any form of training, adequate rest and recovery is super important to not only keep your safe, but progressing and getting the results you’ve worked hard for.

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