The popular consensus is that skipping workouts isn't a good thing. It tends to get people out of a routine, and halts momentum for working out.
But is it a complete no-no?
Scientific research is now suggesting that taking a night off might actually be more beneficial to you. Before you rejoice, and consign yourself to seven days a week on the couch, incorporating rest days into your workout schedule as opposed to seven rest days in a week is what works.
This is because, letting your body recover after workouts helps get all the benefits of training. Allowing torn muscles to repair, fuel to be restored to your system, helps you return to your peak state faster than continually working out.
It doesn't necessarily need to be a full rest day though. Using this day to incorporate foam rollers or stretching - things you would have skipped before - can dramatically improve your training. Foam rolling is an essential tool for repairing muscles, stretching them out - and can even improve your range of motion by 10 degrees.
The idea is to keep intense workouts apart by at least 48 hours. And get some rest.
You'll feel better.