Don’t Be An -aholic. Embrace Rest Days.

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 12:01 am by

A little fun fact about me. I tend to be an -aholic (no, not an alcoholic). But a workaholic. A workoutaholic. A clean-eatingaholic. I can’t help it…I am so passionate about health & fitness and I love what I do. Which is awesome…usually. But sometimes I tend to neglect something that is really important for health & fitness: REST DAYS.

2 weeks ago  I came down with some sort of flu or something. I was throwing up. I had a fever. I had a stuffy nose and clogged ears. It was a really good time. NOT.  I don’t get sick often, but when I do, the worst part for me is ALWAYS having to take a few days off from working out. On a normal week, I workout 6 days a week and take 1 rest day. And I still do something active on that rest day, like go for a bike ride or long walk. So when I had to take 3 days off in a row from working out, I was going a little crazy.

I wanted to workout so badly. A sweat inducing HIIT workout was calling my name. But I KNEW that my body wouldn’t be able to handle it. So I forced myself to rest. And I got better. And then when I got back into working out I was able to KILL it.

Why You Need Rest Days

Rest days are an essential part of your fitness journey. I know you might want to see the results ASAP so you feel like you can’t afford to take any days off. Well that is far from the truth. Rest days allow our bodies to recover and rejuvenate. Our muscles need time to relax and repair themselves (remember when I told you how important sleeping was?).

Plus, rest days are good for our well-being. I always plan something that I know I’ll enjoy on my rest day that keeps me active. Whether it’s kayaking, mountain (or uh, hill since I live in Florida, ha) biking or even walking the dog, I make sure to get outside and enjoy the day. It helps me look forward to rest days and reminds me that they actually are important and that my body needs them. I don’t want to wreck my results because I’m not giving my body time to rest.

It’s so important to listen to your body. Maybe you’re okay with 1 rest day per week. Or maybe you need 2. Your body knows what it needs. It knows what it can handle. You just have to pay attention. Don’t overdo it, but don’t sell yourself short. Rest when you need to and kill it when you can. This is your journey. Your body. Your results. 

xo, Jess

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  • Lindsay says:

    Isn’t it ridiculously hard to not go to the gym? I usually go 6-7 days a week and hate giving myself rest days because I feel guilty like I should be doing something OR simply for the reason that it feels good and I always feel better leaving the gym having worked up a good sweat.

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