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Why to Take a Day Off of Working Out

Why Taking a Day Off Will Help You Lose Weight

You're a go-getter, and you work out because you want results, but tacking on extra workouts during the week could actually be hurting your results. Trainer Adam Rosante, founder of The People's Bootcamp in New York, has some strong thoughts on the subject. Adam shares, "Working out six or seven days a week doesn't allow enough time for rest and recovery, which is one of the crucial elements of fitness." And he's right — overdoing it in terms of time spent at the gym can actually keep you from the changes you're working for.

"You always have to remember that when you're working out, you're not actually building muscle, you're tearing it down," Rosante says. "It's in those recovery periods that the recovery and reparation happens and hotness occurs."

While you can still stretch and stay active during a day off, Adam believes that adding on more days of intense workouts is not the way to lose weight or gain muscle. Instead, Adam recommends splitting up your routine into sections of two or three days, making sure to schedule rest days in between. "Five days a week allows the flexibility for you to stay on program and also keep those rest periods nice so your body can recover." So if you're looking to achieve ultimate hotness, kick back, relax, and take a day off.

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