The benefits of working out and training hard are unquestionable. At the end of a hard training or workout session, it is tempting to skip the cool-down and get on with the rest of the day. However, a post-workout recovery session goes a long way in restoring the body's vitality and boosting energy levels.
Recovery is as important as the workout itself. Muscles fibres can take a lot of overload. But to truly gain from that overload - be it volume, strength or both - the muscles need time to relax and rejuvenate.
The younger the body, the less time it needs to rest, recover and rebuild the tissues. However, with age (and I'm not talking about old age) it is very important to give the body a decent break after some hard work.
This rest period contributes significantly towards the ability to bear a greater workload in subsequent training or workout sessions. This, in turn, is what really leads to an improvement in overall fitness levels.
Without due rest, the body's tendency and ability to recover deteriorates with time. Consequently, one becomes prone to more serious injuries. With enough rest, it is amazing what the human body can achieve, even in advanced years.