If you’re anything like me, you can feel a pressure to just do more. Taking a day off seems like “laziness” or at the least, taking a step back away from and not towards our goals. “Rest is for the wicked,” you may have heard. It’s time to let that go.
Just as in other parts of nature, like the tides or the seasons, our bodies are meant to wax and wane in their efforts. Even elite-level athletes have an off-season for a reason (and it’s not just to play golf). I personally just took a “de-load” week (as in “take a load off!”) to rest, recover and rejuvenate from training. For a full week I took a break from lifting weights, running and any other intense workouts. I kept my body moving with gentle yoga, walking and swimming. Now I’m feeling rested and energized for the week ahead.
Guess what? I didn’t gain weight, my muscles didn’t fall off and my clothes still fit. And I’m happier for it.
Rest is not only the rest between sets of exercise, or rest days between intense workout days, this is also the rest you get each night as you sleep. Let’s talk about WHY rest is so vital for our success – I’ll share five reasons.