Given that I want to be active and fit that's a good thing right?
I'm not an expert but if I know one thing its that I am in love with my new iPhone. If I know two things, its that everyone, including the pro athletes of the world, need rest.
Muscles need time to repair. Brains need time to heal. Joints need a break.
Bottom line: Rest is key
I find that I need to remind myself of that over and over again, emphasizing that over training can be just as detrimental as under training and that a day off is good for me in the same way that a intense weights session is.
Note to self: Rest is good.
Truthfully, there are other reasons why I sometimes shy away from rest days:
- Exercise is a great way to work through the stress of the day
- Exercise burn calories. In short, that means I can eat more. 'nuff said!
- Exercise is one of my biggest hobbies so I am kind of lost (aka bored) without it.
- Exercise is a habit/routine that I don't want to fall out of. One day here and there isn't enough to break a habit but one can lead to three can lead to....you catch my drift.
Regardless of the reasons, I need to really wrap my head around the whole concept of rest being good for my overall fitness not in opposition to it.
I can read a book or take a bath to de-stress and unwind, eat well no matter the day or the activity level because it all balances out in the long run, explore new hobbies or rekindle old ones (crotcheted scarf anyone??) and commit to a lifestyle that is not all or nothing in respects to exercise, food or otherwise.
Say it with me..Rest days are a good thing!
I doubt it will be hard to learn to truly appreciate the fine art of being lazy around here....
So tell me, how many rest days do you take a week? What's your favorite thing to do on a rest day?