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Rest and Recovery – Having an Active Rest Day – Why is it important?

Incorporating recovery time into any training program is important because this is the time the body uses to adapt to the stress of exercise, and the real positive effect of the training happens.

Recovery also allows the body to replenish energy stores, optimise protein synthesis (the process of increasing the protein content of muscle cells, preventing muscle breakdown and increasing muscle size) which in direct terms fight Sarcopenia (muscle loss due to ageing, injury and inactivity).

This is even more critical after High Intensity/Resistance Training – Like your 101 Fitness session. The muscle needs time to repair and rebuild, and working it again too soon simply leads to tissue breakdown instead of building.

Rest and recovery is an essential part of any workout routine. Your after-exercise recovery routine has a big impact on your fitness gains or sports performance and allows you to train much more effectively next time around. Unfortunately, most people don’t have an after-exercise recovery plan.

Research on over-training syndrome shows getting adequate rest is the primary treatment plan.

New evidence indicates that low levels of exercise, or “active recovery”, during the rest period speeds recovery and moderate exercise can help lift the immune system.

We recommend that resting days, which can still include a walk (or something active but not strenuous), should happen the day after your workout at 101 Fitness.  This will give your body the opportunity to recover and you will reap the benefits by being able to restore and rebuild lost muscle tissue.  Giving you the fitter, younger stronger body. After all, that’s we are working towards.

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