Photo: Todd SpothQuestion: Am I setting myself up for burnout or injury if I have no rest/recovery days?
Answer: Rest days are one tool in your recovery toolbox. Others include post-workout refuelling and rehydrating, dynamic stretching, foam rolling and active recovery. Without adequate recovery, your long-term improvement will be hindered. So it’s helpful to understand how rest days can help you adapt to your training load.
A rest day allows for extended recovery, thus permitting the body to adapt more fully to a previous training cycle. Rest days also give the body time to refill glycogen stores, prevent overtraining and avoid mental burnout.
However, weekly rest days are not always a necessity, and when you take one depends on your history, lifestyle and training period (i.e., off-season, base, build, taper). Typically, beginners should take weekly rest days; experienced athletes can space them out more. Generally, rest days are a good idea after long or intense training blocks...