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How Rest Factors Into Your Program

Posted by Shannon Clark on

If you are gearing up to get started with a new workout program, there’s one thing that you can’t overlook: rest. It may seem silly to consider resting as part of your new exercise program as they seem like polar opposites, but really, the two are closely connected. 

Rest is a must have for a well balanced fitness routine and will prevent you from becoming over trained and keep ensuring you feel enthusiastic to do those workout sessions. 

Why is rest so critical? Let’s look at the many reasons. 

Recovery Purposes 

The first reason you must be resting regularly is because this is when the body is recovering from the workout sessions that you are doing. Remember, when you are in the gym, you are breaking your body down. 

When you are out of the gym, this is when you are building yourself back up so you can become stronger. If you don’t spend enough time out of the gym, you won’t be making progress and moving forward. Instead, you’ll just become weaker and weaker. 

Improved Appetite Control 

The second reason you need to get enough shut-eye at night is because sleep helps regulate your appetite hormones. Ever notice after a night of not much sleep you want to eat everything in sight? 

This is because ghrelin, a hunger hormone is being influenced by that lack of sleep. You crave carbs and lots of them. This can make it nearly impossible to maintain your plan. 

Better Insulin Sensitivity 

Sleep is also critical to improving insulin sensitivity levels. Those who don’t sleep enough at night will suffer from a higher risk of insulin resistance, which can then lead to a higher chance of converting energy to stored body fat. 

On top of that, it can also lead to diabetes if you aren’t careful. 

Increased Health 

Speaking of health, sleep is like the fountain of health. Not only will it help reduce your risk of diabetes, lack of sleep can set you up for other health related issues such as heart disease, depression, and even high blood pressure. While you may not notice these impacts right away, make no mistake, your body is changing each and every night you go without getting adequate rest. 

If you want to live a long and healthy life, sleep needs to be a priority. 

Stronger Immune System 

Finally, sleep is also important for strengthening your immune system as well. Each time you hit the gym, your immune system will take a hit as well, so you want to build it back up stronger again. This makes you that much more capable of doing more intense workouts into the future. 

When your immune system is weak, you’re also more likely to suffer from issues such as colds and flu’s, along with over viruses as well. 

So as you can see, sleep is a must. Aim for at least seven, if not eight or nine hours of sleep each night for best results.