Unfortunately, we can’t work out all the time. Our bodies require rest as well as work. Short rests during a workout allow the body’s energy systems to reset. Longer rests between workouts promote body growth as the muscles recover stronger than before.
Rest is a challenging concept. We feel guilty about it. Surely we should be Doing Something. Rest is that thing.
However, there are some sneaky ways to make rest feel less like wasting time. We can rest one muscle group while working another, perhaps following squats with bench presses or pushups with lunges. We can stretch, something that should in fact make us feel extra virtuous since we all need to do it and yet somehow most of us don’t. We can rest from intense cardio with weights and vice versa.
Best of all, we can sleep. I know there is a mystique about the I’ll-sleep-when-I’m-dead people. Some very few people in the world can thrive with not very much sleep. The rest of us just get cranky, achy, sick, and stupid.