THE IMPORTANCE OF A ACTIVE REST DAY
As you guys know, I have been on a great consistent workout schedule. I love getting in a good sweat shesh, and the thought of missing my beloved workout time makes me sick to my stomach. Seriously.
Although, no matter how much I love to get a good sweat sesh in, I also know the importance of a rest day. Because without a rest day, your body never has time to recover. Rest days are meant to give your muscles a break. It’s giving your body a day without vigorous activity.
But wait you guys, do not be mistaken – lol!! Rest days do not mean to not move from the couch all day long. While I would be lying if I said I have never had a lazy couch day (bc I have had many!), majority of the time, I like to make sure I have an active rest day. This is because, I know that lounging all day long will set me back from all of the progress I have made.
So what is an active rest day? An active rest day is indeed, a rest day, but is filled with light exercises to help stimulate the recovery process and to get your blood flowing. Taking an active rest day will help with your recovery, and will make you feel stronger and faster when you get back to your normal workout regimen.
For my active rest days, I just like to make sure I move. My rest days are usually on Sunday’s and I fill the day with grocery shopping, running errands, taking Summer for a long walk or cleaning the house. These activities not only are preparing me for my week, but are also keeping me moving and active.
So how can you make the most out of your rest day??
1. Go for a light 20 minute walk.
2. Clean your house.
3. Go shopping!
4. Do some yoga.
5. Go for a bike ride.
6. Play with your dog or kids outside.
7. Go for a light swim.
8. Foam roll for 20 minutes
9. Grab some friends & head to the park for some volleyball or kickball.
10. Just get out there and move!:)
What do you guys like to do on your active rest days?