Recharge Your Mind
As important as the physiological aspect of recovery is, there's actually a psychological reason to take it seriously as well. Taking a day off gives you time to mentally recharge and stave off workout boredom, says Ballantyne. It breaks up the routine and gives you a chance to take part in different activities, or to tend to the rest of your life instead of turning into a gym rat. With your brain refreshed and refocused, you'll be better able to tackle your fitness goals, he says.