We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: We asked a physical therapist, and the answer to the age-old question “Do you actually need to take a rest day?” is an unequivocal yes.
“Overtraining occurs when an individual who is training for an event is unable to recover from a bout of training prior to their next bout of training,” said OrthoCarolina's Sean Brown, physical therapist.
He also noted, “An increase in load does not necessarily result in an increase in fitness,” so keep that in mind as you consider whether this label applies to your current situation.
Brown spoke with our friends at Work For Your Beer to explain overtraining and when you should take a rest day. Check out the full article for his answers to these key questions:
- What is overtraining?
- What are the signs and dangers of overtraining?
- How often should you take a rest day to avoid the risk of overtraining?