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How much rest, or how many recovery days should I plan in my workout?

Aug 29th, 2010

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Fitness Lady
Rest or recovery days are a super important part of any exercise program. They provide, obviously, a time frame to allow your body to recovery from intense exercising. Recovery days provide time for your muscles to heal from the constant muscle tearing that occurs when you lift weights.

Recovery days are extremely important to schedule into your workout regime because without the rest, your muscles will not be able to grow and become stronger. Without recovery days, you can actually hinder your progress resulting from overtraining. Excluding rest days will undoubtedly result in accelerated plateaus, periods of time where you cannot budge from your current weight or haven’t experienced muscle growth in a few weeks.

The optimal frequency of rest or recovery days to add to your current workout schedule is one rest day for every two or three workout days, or one to two per week. Keep in mind that you don’t want to work out the same muscles more than once in a 48 hour period.

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