Part four of the 7 Pillars of Strength Training

Rest is as important as Work

Rest and recovery will affect your productivity when completing daily activities and ability to workout. It is important to priorities rest and recovery after a hard workout, so your body has time to reduce fatigue, enabling you to get back in the gym sooner, exercising again and continuing your journey towards your goals.

There are many ways to ensure you are well rested from your workouts.

  • The simplest one is taking adequate rest between sets! If you are trying to hurry through your exercises during your workout, having less than 1-minute rest, you will feel more fatigued as your muscles have not had time to recover between each set.
  • Sleep! Its free! It is one of the simplest ways to ensure you stay on top of your body’s ability to repair and to ensure you remain productive during the day. Always aim for at least 7 hours per night. If you exercise a lot or have a labor-intensive job, you may need more than 8 hours of sleep per night to recover adequately.
  • Eat the right foods! Eating healthy has countless benefits and will ensure your body is able to utilise the right fuel in order to repair. Make sure you eat at least three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and follow the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
  • If you feel sore after workouts, supplements can help, however, these should be used sparingly, only after your diet is in check. Supplements such as Zinc, magnesium and electrolytes can be beneficial both during and after a workout.

Rest and recovery is important, stay on top of it, it is as important as putting in the work.

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