As with most things, there is a fine line that divides the benefits of exercise from the dangers of exercise. We live in a country where it’s commonly assumed that in most situations, more is better. Is that always the case with exercise? Consider your goal and the reason that you exercise. Are you training for a triathlon, are you trying to lose 50-100 pounds or are you just concerned with improving your health and longevity?
Recovery is one of the most important parts of any exercise program, but most of us tend to overlook it. You put in the work at the gym, but your body actually changes and you begin to see results during the recovery period! When you don’t include recovery time in your workout plan, you will be more prone to injuries and you will never be able to reach your full potential or your goals.
The amount of time needed for recovery is dependent upon things like the intensity and type of your workout (strength, swimming, yoga), what your goal is (training for a marathon, getting stronger for softball), how well you’re eating, how much quality sleep you’re getting and how old you are (recovery takes longer as our bodies age). A general rule for most people is that you need 24-72 hours recovery between bouts of the same type of exercise. Most of all, listen to your body because more is not always better. Balance it the key!