Club Med Your Muscles
It’s not only your brain that needs time off—your muscles could use a break, too. A study in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that periodically taking a week or so away from lifting helps resensitize your muscles to m-TOR, a protein that signals muscle growth. Researchers concluded that, while it’s true your ability to gain muscle is greatest when you’re a beginner, taking occasional short breaks away from working out may help renew that effect, increasing the training benefits and enhancing recovery.
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