“Exercise for Weight Loss” is an article series detailing the most successful exercise strategies that can be used to assist in speeding up the weight loss process, and help you end-up with a sleek, toned physique once your body weight gets down to your goal-weight. 

Rest days are important

While there’s a slim chance that any of us will become ‘overtrainers’ (exercising more than twice a day, seven days a week), there is a case to be made for rest days interspersed amongst training days.

You see, rest allows your body to do things it may be too busy to do when you’re constantly making tough demands of it.

This may be one of the reasons that people who train all the time seem to get injured more than people with more balanced schedules – their bodies eventually stop having the available resources to keep repairing a strained area, and the injury takes place.

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Recovery is critical

Taking a rest day allows your body to recover from training, so that next time you walk into the gym you’re able to do MORE than you did before, and get better results. It also allows you to maintain perspective, and think clearly about your goals without the fog of daily training getting in your way.

You may even find that your life becomes more bearable with a little extra time to rest and enjoy yourself in your day every now and then.

My recommendation?

Train no more than five days per week. Take two days off to rest and recover. You deserve it, and your body does too.



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