Ignore your body’s need to rest and recover long enough and you might find that exercising’s many benefits get turned upside down: Your body gets the wrong cues and begins to pump out excess stress hormones, kick-starting the classic flight-or-fight response. That can lead to everything from unwanted weight gain to a weakened immune system.
5 COMMON SIGNS YOU NEED MORE RECOVERY
You’re exhausted, not energized
Your muscles feel sore* for days
Your strength and endurance is going down, not up
You have trouble sleeping
You’re getting more colds
Ease tension and loosen muscles after exercising: Lie on your back with
your bottom close to a wall; raise and lean your legs against the wall; rest and relax.