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I’ve learned that resting the nervous system is just as, if not more, important than resting the muscles and tendons. If I were to personally rank from most important to least important to rest it would be: Nervous System, tendons and then muscles. We lift the weight with our mind first and grinding mentally, week in and week out our nervous system gets taxed heavily and much more than the rest of our bodies. I’ve noticed my best results came from resting my nervous system via meditation, listening to music, laying in a dark room, etc, just basically dulling the senses in order to recuperate. I was never a big fan of rest because i’ve always felt like there were better things to do than to lay around all day. Now adays i’m seeing the importance in resting in order to get MORE things done. It may seem like a contradiction but it makes a lot of sense when you think about it. When you beat your body and nervous system up without resting properly eventually you lose motivation and start making more mistakes, mistakes lead to injuries and then that means no gym for a very long time. The phrase “haste makes waste” is and understatement in this regard.

 

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