The Importance of a Rest Day

LakeAt the beginning of my journey, I didn’t take Rest Days.  I would work out 7 days a week.  I figured if I kept going and didn’t stop – I’d see results faster.

Guess what?  That didn’t happen.

All I managed to do was wear myself out and actually put more stress on my body!  So I forced myself to take a day off.  That was a LONG day.  I stressed over NOT being at the gym or going for a run.  I didn’t know what to do with myself.  I swear I was counting the minutes until the next day when I could return to my routine.

The next day I went back and I felt more focused.  Stronger in a way.  Sounds funny I know, but I did feel stronger!  So the next week – I took another rest day.  This time I actually enjoyed the day more.  I picked up a book, sat myself down and read it.  I spent more quality time with my husband and kids.  I wasn’t sitting around like a slug by any means…but I wasn’t killing myself either!

I now have a Rest Day every single week.  On Tuesdays.  No specific reason why it’s a Tuesday – it’s just what works for me.  So go ahead and take that rest day.  Relax.  Grab a coffee (or my favorite – unsweetened iced tea)!  Go for a leisurely walk.  Play with your kids.  Just chill with your spouse.

Take that day for YOU.  Because guess what?  You deserve it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *