Kim Kardashian Takes Breaks from Her Intense Workout Routine—Here's Why You Should, Too
KKW says she takes two weeks off from weight lifting every six months.
Kim Kardashian is a beast in the gym. But she's not here for any "no days off" nonsense.
"We're back in the gym heavy!" she captioned the Instagram photo. "I would say every 6 months I take two weeks off from lifting. Sometimes you just need a break to recharge and chill but then I miss it so much and feel so good to be back at it." (Related: How Long Should You Rest Between Sets?)
Alcantara showed KKW some love in the post's comments section: "And that's exactly how it should be," she wrote of Kardashian's workout recovery strategy. "For someone who has so much going on, I still don't know how you do it every day lol."
Taking breaks from your fitness routine is crucial. But you don't necessarily have to follow Kardashian's strategy to a T. How often you exercise versus how often you take breaks ultimately depends on your goals, and how much your body can realistically handle, says Ben Williamson, owner and founder of Crush Fit and the Crush Fitness Centers brand. Three to four days of lifting per week is generally the sweet spot, he adds.
"Most people aren't giving themselves adequate time to recover, especially in the era of this 'build the booty' Instagram fitness takeover," explains Williamson. "If you don't stop and let your body repair your muscles and put them back together, you will never fully recover, will hurt your progress, and jeopardize your long-term safety." (Here's how to properly rest from your workout.)
Plus, when you don't factor recovery time into your fitness routine, it can take a toll on your mental health. "Whenever I take time off, I see if I actually want to come back—if I'm excited to get back in the gym, or if I'm dreading it," explains Williamson. "If I'm dreading it, I know that I need to try a different kind of fitness. If you don't enjoy what you're doing, you are not going to succeed."
Whether you decide to stick with your routine or experiment with new moves, the key is to listen to your body's cues. Acknowledge and honor those moments when you need rest, and remember that progress isn't linear, says Williamson.
So go ahead—take two weeks off from the gym. Or hell, take three. At the end of the day, your body is your priority. Listen to it, and it won't steer you wrong. (Up next: How to Get Back Into Working Out When You Took a Break from the Gym)