How Long Does Your Body Need To Rest Between Muscle Training Workouts?
What is the body’s ideal recovery time post-activity?
How long does your body need to rest between muscle training workouts?
There is no cut and dry response when it comes to how long your body needs to rest between muscle training workouts. The answer lies somewhere squarely between “it depends” and “you know your body best”. There is a lot of information available online from different sources like coaches and trainers, but ultimately the consensus is that you need to make that decision for yourself, or in conjunction with a trusted health and fitness consultant or advisor.
How long does your body need to rest between muscle training workouts? The answer is different for everyone.
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The reason we need to be mindful that we make personal decisions when it comes to the time our body needs to rest between muscle training workouts is because we each have a unique body type and our staminas and capabilities vary widely. What might be good advice for one person post-workout might be too little recovery time or not enough of the right recovery methods, like stretching and hydrating, for another.
How long does your body need to rest between muscle training workouts? The answer is different for each muscle group.
Depending on the areas of the body that you are targeting, you may need to tailor your rest and recovery period accordingly. When it comes to results, it’s worth mentioning that proper rest and recovery is as important as getting to the gym and doing each one of those workouts in the first place.
Not making the time for a necessary recovery day can lead to what is called overtraining, which essentially means that you are performing at a rate in which your body cannot fully recover. This can mean working out for too many days in a row or at an intensity that is unsustainable for muscle recovery. Christie Aschwanden in her book “Good To Go” says that muscle pain can peak anywhere from 24-72 hours after an intense workout, which is why that minimum 24 hour recovery period is crucial to the recovery process. (For more information on Active Recovery, check out our blog here).
Factors to consider when deciding how long your body needs to rest between muscle training workouts
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This article reports that some of the most important considerations in deciding how long your body needs to rest between muscle training workouts are as follows:
- Your age and your ability to recover
- Your primary training goal
- Other factors like existing stressors in your life
These considerations are important because they speak to the uniqueness of each one of our individual training and workout plans, and they take into account that our needs can vary based on other life circumstances.
Take into consideration working with a fitness trainer or expert who can get to know your unique set of circumstances, who knows your fitness and wellness goals, and who is trained to provide a personalized and specialized training program designed to help you reach your fitness goals.
Plant-based products that can help your body recover after muscle training workouts
Regardless of the amount of time that you and your trainer decide is right for you when it comes to recovery, one of the most important ways you can complement your recovery routine is with plant-based, 100% natural wellness products that have been formulated to support easing muscle soreness and relieving daily aches and pains in the body.
Products we love to support muscle recovery:
Recovery Mode Body Soothing Kit
This three piece kit contains two roll-on’s known to help reduce pain in the body. Peppermint Halo is blended with cooling, soothing ingredients like eucalyptus and vetiver, while Pain Release is chock full of warming, relieving oils like rosemary and marjoram. The third product in the kit, Trauma Less ointment is a balm made with menthol from peppermint and designed to ease the pain of strains, bruises and sprains.
Pocket Farmacy Convenience Kit
This kit contains five of our favorite roll-on’s to soothe the head, relieve coughs, ease tummy troubles and relieve stress and pain. Alongside Peppermint Halo and Pain Release you’ll find Stress Release, a soothing blend of lavender, orange and geranium to help the body and mind relax after a strenuous workout.
Pocket Farmacy roll-on convenience kit
Extra Strength Pain Relieving Oil Blend
This extra large, extra strong roll-on is blended with methyl salicylate from sweet birch and menthol from peppermint to help soothe soreness and ease aching in the body. The extra large roller ball can be massaged into arms, legs and back when you need deep, warming relief from pain.