Why Cheating (On Healthy Eating and Exercise) Is Okay
Sometimes cheating is okay–when it comes to healthy eating and exercise, that is. Taking a day off a day from a strict diet or exercise routine can actually be beneficial for your health. It’s great to be health conscious, but sometimes you just need to sit back, relax, and indulge. Here’s why:
- Taking a cheat day can help aid in the recovery process from a strenuous week of workouts. If your workout routine includes plenty of weight training and cardiovascular exercise, a rest day allows your muscles to recover and repair any damage. This can help prepare for next week’s workout. Take your cheat (or rest day) and do something good for yourself and your muscles. Spend some time in a hot tub or sauna or get a relaxing massage.
- It’s okay to indulge sometimes. Pleasure is important. Even sweet treats are okay in moderation. If you allow yourself to have a sweet treat or two once a week, you can help cut down on your cravings. Feeding your sweet tooth in moderation can help prevent you from cheating on non-cheat days.
- Increasing your caloric intake once a week can actually aid in the fat loss process. By increasing your caloric intake once a week you help to ensure that your metabolic rate does not down-regulate from extended calorie restriction.
- Sleeping and spending the afternoon in your pajamas can be a great way to clear your mind and help your body relax. Sleep is important to your health. Sleep and relaxation can help to reduce stress and prepare you for your next week’s exercise.
Looking to start a cheat day? Make it a weekend day. Relax and enjoy your weekend! You may just be able to have your cake and eat it too.