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Importance of Rest Days

​Hi everyone! Hope you are having a good Fat Tuesday! I used to love Mardi Gras when I was in college. I actually went to New Orleans a couple years. Now that I work full time in accounting, I don’t get that luxury. But we had king cake at work this week, so that was a fun surprise. Last weekend was a lot of fun, I did a lot of work, but then I flew home to surprise one of my friends at her bachelorette party. When I surprised her, there were a lot of happy tears, mine included. I wasn’t expecting that! Then I spent Sunday afternoon with my parents, our family dog died so we were pretty sad about that. But it was good to see family. Did you have a good weekend? Today I wanted to chat with you about rest days.

Rest days

I typically take at least one rest day a week. Sometimes two depending on my mood and what is going on that week. These days are such an important part of any fitness plan. When I was traveling for work, I always take Monday as a rest day because we land late from the airport. I look forward to my rest days and you should too!

Here are a few benefits to rest day-

  • Muscle rebuild- rest days give your muscles a chance to rebuild.
  • Remove lactic acid- you know that feeling when your body is really sore? Thats cause my lactic acid accumulation. If you are sore for more than 2 days straight, I recommend a rest day to let your lactic acid move its way out of your body.
  • Clear your mind- some people believe you have to exercise each day, but this is not true. Sometimes this thought obsessive thinking. Any disordered body image is unhealthy. Giving yourself a break once a week allows you to assess your physical needs.

If you ever see a training plan from 5K to marathon, there will be rest days built in. When I’m marathon training, rest days are AMAZING for your body and I love the chance to sleep in.  Also, if you are feeling ill, taking a rest day is so good for your body. When I was traveling, I had a hard time sleeping and there were a lot more rest days or sleep in mornings than I would have liked. However, my body needed it. Make sure to listen to your body!

What day is your rest day? Do you have the same rest day every week?

 

Thanks Amanda for letting me link up today!

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