360fit Blog – No Days Off

I hate the #nodaysoff. It’s stupid, makes no sense and makes people feel like there is something wrong with taking time off exercise.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Your body is an amazing machine. It’s built to move and adapt to situations and stresses. That’s how you get more fit. You give your body stresses, your body adapts to those stresses and becomes more fit.

This is also the reason that days off are so important in fitness.

One thing I hate about #nodaysoff is that it creates the feeling there can be no days off if you want to work toward your fitness goals. That’s totally untrue. Professional athletes take days off all the time to recover. That’s the point of a day off.

When I say days off I mean actual days off. A recovery run isn’t a day off, that’s a workout. A light weightlifting day isn’t a day off either, it’s a workout.

This idea you can have “recovery run” or some such nonsense is often championed by the Crossfit community. Their pro athletes claim to workout two, three, or more times a day, never take days off and get more and more fit. That’s ridiculous and misleading.

What you have to understand is that exercise doesn’t get you fit! It’s just the stress you put on your body to start the change. You get fit after your workout when you eat healthy food, rest and sleep!

Do yourself a favor and ignore anyone who claims to follow the #nodaysoff workout plan. They are either lying to you to look cool, or are going to over train themselves into injury and burn out.

You need one to two full days off every week. You body will thank you for it!

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Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake, Nova Scoita with his children Reign and Journey.