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When to Rest

Hey Gym N Japan Fam! Something a little different for you today with a post about resting and not just gym specific but to apply to your everyday life.

When you google this is what you get:

We like the first verb definition because that is what resting is about. This can be applied to everything whether it is gym, work, watching anime etc etc. The most important part of this is to recover strength so that you can be more

How does Rest Apply to Everyday life?


In today’s society, we are often stuck in this grind mentality or work work work and go go go without stopping, to appreciate the beauty of the world or recover. Often this leads to burn out, people lashing out from being overworked, tired and letting emotions run free. It is so important to prioritize time where you can let your mind run free, relax and not thing about the stresses of work and life.


This is often a part, where many new lifters in particular, will resent and not listen to. They think that by training more they can get bigger faster. Often as a new lifter where weights are not extremely heavy or taxing on the body, this can be okay. But the second you get into intermediate and advanced lifting territory this can become more harmful than it would be good. Without proper rest and recovery, you are more susceptible to injuries, you won’t be able to lift as much weight because you won’t have allowed yourself to recover. Often you will start to lose motivation, you’ll feel more tired and because you’ll stop hitting weekly PRs you’ll think you need to start training harder.


Oftentimes we get stuck always saying yes. Yes to going out with friends, yes to seeing family, yes to doing everything to please other people. By doing this, you never take the time to just rest and enjoy your own space and time. It’s such an important task to be able to accept and enjoy time for yourself. For some people it is actually difficult to do, whereas others enjoy it.

Your body will tell you when it needs rest. So listen to it and acknowledge this time where it may just be one day out of 50 where you go, no, you know what, today is a day for me and myself to recover, rest and recharge.

And that is going to wrap up this week's Blog. Kept it nice and short this week as both myself and Haydon need a…REST!


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