Rest between sets and exercise can be just as important as actual exercise. Rest allows you to recover and prevent injury but too much rest can cancel your results. After a set of hard lifting, you should rest 2-3 minutes to give your muscles a chance to recover and refuel. You can return to lifting with the same intensity and better form. Shorter rest times can help you increase your muscle endurance and mass (between 20-30 seconds) different types of exercises and intensities need different rest times but if you need to rest longer it’s not a bad thing, it’s good just to be doing the exercises.
- Resting while exercising has an equal amount of an impact on your fitness as how much you actually exercise.
- If your goal is growing muscle mass, you should take shorter rest periods in between sets.
- The important part is to rest as long as you feel is effective for you.
“By taking a break—about 2.5 to 3 minutes to recover after a set of hard lifting—you give your muscles a chance to replenish their short-term supplies of fuel, which gives you more energy to push harder again.”