In my opinion, yes!
I have noticed over the years that historically I have been exercising too much. Forcing myself to run, or take a class everyday was what I did for years. Yes, I was burning calories and getting the good endorphins from the workouts; however, I was constantly exhausted, weak, and I was starving all the time. My sleep was ok, only because I was that exhausted, but more often than not, I was dreading dragging myself out of bed the next morning to get that workout in. That is absolutely no way to live!
I was also obsessed with the scale and was militant with what I was eating – not eating enough for sure with the amount of exercise I was doing. Truth is my workouts were suffering, I didn’t feel good, and got to the point of hating my workouts. When I started taking one or two rest days a week – believe me the hardest part of this was the mental chatter and quieting it – my whole world changed. I felt rested, I wanted to get up and workout, and I started seeing better results. Another key component was mixing up my workouts. Now I do cardio crossfit, barre classes, pilates, boxing – you name it! So much fun! Best part is I look forward to my rest days, because I know my workout will be awesome the next day.
Susy Sedano is a Content Producer, a fitness enthusiast and an avid cook of healthy meals. She prides herself on creating healthy dishes for family and friends, and is always on the hunt for new workouts and recipes! Despite her hectic non-stop work and fitness schedules, she is a “girl’s girl” and a student of life!
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