It can be exhilarating to push your body to its limits with your workouts, but you know that you’ll hit those limits at some point. If you try to push hard all the time, fitness pros have one request: take even more rest days than you think you should.
“Being gentle with yourself allows your body to rest and heal itself,” says Ali Duncan, a yoga instructor and the founder of Urban Sanctuary, the first women-run, Black-owned yoga studio in Denver, Colorado. “When the body is pushed without any rest, both physically and mentally, something will eventually have to give.”
Hustle culture leaks into the gym to tell you to constantly grind, but four fitness pros explain how you can revamp your workout routines to feature more rest, community care, and self-love.
Why People Don’t Take Enough Rest Days
A lot of people never realize that they feel like they