As I’m sitting here thinking about this, I can’t even tell you what day of the week it is. Let alone what day of quarantine this is. Day 54, maybe? None-the-less, it has been great to see so many people staying active and witness those who decided to begin their fitness journey during this time. As quarantine continues and the days begin to get nicer outside, don’t fall into the “Boredom Trap” and begin to exercise too much.
Benefits of Rest:
Rest is one of the most important aspects of training, and being stuck in your house all day, bored, rest can get lost. Allowing your body to rest appropriately from training allows the muscles, bones, and the rest of your body to rebuild and become stronger. If you continue exercising at a high rate, this can result in overtraining. These negative effects can counter all of the work you are accomplishing.
Symptoms of Overtraining:
-Loss of Appetite
-Increased Fatigue (after workout)
-Weakened Immune System
How Much Should I Be Doing?
Per the American College of Sports Medicine, it is suggested that adults get 150 minutes of moderate intensity cardio per week. This can be achieved from 30-60 minutes of moderate activity 5 days a week or 20-50 minutes of vigorous activity 3 days a week. The ACSM also suggests performing strength training 2-3 times a week for each major muscle group (chest, back, legs, and arms).
If you feel that you are not taking the appropriate amount of rest, the easiest thing to do is to listen to your body. It will tell you when you need to take a break. With all of this said, don’t be afraid to keep on moving. Take your leisurely walks around the neighborhood. Just don’t fall into temptation to break out into that jog.
Written by GUADS staff member Patrick with contributions from www.menshealth.com