Definately a point that is neglected by most people, this follows on really from my last article on overtraining. A lot of avid gym goers simply dont get the gains in weight loss and muscle gain that they should from their gym schedule simply due to the fact of not taking their rest and recovery schedule as seriously as their training schedule. This may sound ridiculous but rest and recovery is equally as important to your gains as a healthy training and nutritional scheme!
If you think of your body as a machine, the training you do daily in the gym breaks down that machine to a degree. People think with the right nutrition alone this gives the muscles what they need to repair and grow, but this simply isnt the case. When muscles are broken down during activity like anything they need time to rebuild and if this time isnt given it turns into a snowball affect where each workout begins to have more wear and tear on the body not allowing it to recover, to the point where gains will start to dip until we eventually begin to slip into the overtraining stage where sessions actually begin to have a negative affect on the body!
Even for cardio based training, the heart like any other muscle becomes tired and overworked with too much training and not enough recovery. Without the sufficient rest like with resistance training you will start to see a dip in fitness levels if you continue to push through without the proper recovery to the point where your fitness will start to drop and you will start to put your health at risk by overworking the most important muscle in your body!
Many people use supplementation to aid in their recovery process. One of the newest and most popular natural supplements on the market now is ZMA, a vitamin compound made up of Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin B6 which has been shown to aid in recovery and boost growth following intense exercise and also improves sleep patterns which again ultimately are the key in the recovery process.
I kept this article short to try and get the key points in in only a few paragraphs. The main things to take from this article are, make sure and rest properly during sessions! Obviously to get in shape a stringent training schedule, accompanied with a strict nutritional plan are essential no matter what your goals. Rest though should be made essential in your planning aswell though, outside of a good rest between sessions make it essential to try and get 7-9 hours of sleep per night as this is when your body repairs itself the most. Its not possible for everyone but at times when it is, try and get short naps during the day to aid in your recovery. Even a 20-40 minute nap can boost HGH (Human Growth Hormone) aiding in muscle growth and recovery, and also aid in helping to boost your mood and kill that bout of sudden tiredness many get during the afternoon period.
I hope this short article was useful and has shed some light on a few issues for some people, as always if there are any topics people would like covered just drop me a short message and I will try my best to get it done. Thanks