Let’s talk rest days.
There are a lot of misconceptions out there that if you take a rest day you’re considered lazy or you might not see results. I’m here to tell you just how important rest days are to your fitness journey and what a rest day might look like for you.
Ultimately, a rest day helps your body recover from all the hard work you’ve been doing. Muscle recovery, regenerating your nervous system and reduced risk of injury are just some of the well-known benefits to taking a rest day. If you don’t take the time to recover you run the risk of plateauing and burning out.
Now I know there are some of you out there that like to exercise every day and that is completely fine. My suggestion for you is to make sure you spread out your exercises depending on the intensity. For example, on Monday and Thursday you might do an intense 45-minute workout, Tuesday and Friday will be slower mobility workouts and you leave Wednesday and Sunday for active rest days.
An active rest day is where you still get your body moving, but you don’t put any strain on it the way you would on a normal exercise day. This might mean you walk to brunch with a friend, take your kiddies to the park or simply stretch out your muscles with a foam roller.
If you’re new to fitness and just getting started, don’t feel guilty for taking your rest days as rest days. It’s totally okay for you to spend a day in bed binging your favourite tv show. It’s just important to remember that the next day, you get up and get your workout done.
If you sign up to FHIT, each program has two rest days scheduled in a week. Members get to check in to let me know they have taken the day to recover. You should never feel pressured to constantly be active, sometimes you really just need the rest both physically and mentally.