What Happens When You Don't Take a Rest Day?

Want to know what Over training Syndrome looks like? Here's what happens to your body when you don't take time to recover from intense exercise (or endurance events!):

·        Glycogen stores are depleted.  both noted that your glycogen decreases. Glycogen is your body's energy source, and not something you want to eliminate. "decreased glycogen may contribute to the lowered lactate responses," meaning your muscles fatigue more quickly.

·        Corticosteroidsincrease. We know that cortisone and cortisol (stress hormones) are not good for weight loss, and even add to belly-fat retention.he told us that these elevated levels also depress the immune system by inhibiting the reaction of lymphocytes to antigens (basically, the fighter cells can't fight the bad invader cells). So over training equals a higher likelihood of getting sick.

·        Your heart goes into-overdrive. "Both resting heart rate and sub maximal exercise heart rate are increased,"  Be nice to your heart.Take a breather.

·        Your performance suffers. Told us that when sufficient rest is not included in a training program, your ability to perform (i.e., continue training,growing muscle,getting stronger) plateaus or declines, because your muscles literally cannot recover and regenerate. So things just get worse and worse.

·        You'll lose muscle mass. Consistent breakdown + no recovery = bye, muscles.That's the opposite of what you're trying to do, right?

·        You'll feel AWFUL. The tiny tears in your muscles cannot heal, which results in inflammation,swelling, and tenderness. says the feeling will"become extreme, lasting for days." She also noted that you'll feel physically exhausted for an extended period as well, which could make it hard for you to perform your day to day functions.

·        It messes with your mind. Muscular fatigue is not the only thing . The fatigue and distress extend psychologically, "Decreased vigor, motivation, and confidence; raised tension, depression, and anger accompany an individual's recovery," 

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