If you are designing a muscle building workout routine to fill out your body and add attractive curves to increase your appearance, one element that cannot be overlooked is how much rest you’re taking throughout the week.

If you do not resting during your workout program, you will eventually see significant performance decline. Performance decline occurs because the body will not be able to keep up to the intense demands that are being placed on it.

Resistance training is more demanding on the Central Nervous System than regular cardio training. When performing a resistance training program, it is important to eat properly, get enough rest, and take steps to prevent fatigue.

Choose A Good Workout Program Design

One of the first things you should do is make sure that you are using a proper weight training workout program schedule. If you are engaging in full body workouts, schedule a full day of rest between each session.

Rest Means Rest

Do not use your rest days to perform an hour of very intense cardio training.  While theoretically you’re giving the body a rest from weight lifting, if you engage in an activity that puts a lot of physical stress on your body, it will hinder your recovery. If absolutely need to exercise on your day off, a slow, steady walk with Fido will do just fine.

If you must do some form of cardio on your rest days, keep it to moderate intensity and under about 30 minutes.  This is enough to maintain good levels of health and keep your cardiovascular fitness up.

Maximize your Recovery

When you are taking your rest days, make sure to consider using some of the recovery techniques that are available to help you out. Taking a hot bath, acupuncture treatments, muscle stretching, going for a massage, as well as eating fresh fruits, drinking juice or eating organic lentils will fuel your body with the nutrients it needs to recover.

If you do all of these things you will definitely see significant gains in your progress.