I go through phases where all I want are rest days (every day…not good) and phases where I never want to take rest days (working out hard every day…also not good). But I seem to have found a happy balance lately.
Taking rest days from running (or whatever other workouts you do) is important for many reasons:
- You’ll get stronger. Muscles need time off to repair, rebuild and strengthen. If you find you aren’t making gains in your fitness, try taking a day off!
- You’ll get injured less. Most running injuries are caused by overuse (cough, IT band, cough).
- You’ll be more motivated. Regular rest days prevent mental burnout. As much as running helps decrease stress, if you are militant about your training, eventually you’ll start to dread your workouts.
Fridays are my rest day and I really look forward to them. I’ve created a routine that makes me super happy. I sleep in and get an extra 1-1.5 hours of sleep, and it’s HEAVENLY. I take Maizey for a longer-than-normal walk, hitting my favorite coffee shop on the way. (I needed gloves yesterday! Brrrr!)
I slow down and pay attention to my surroundings. And man, Winston-Salem is killing it lately Look how gorgeous.
Do you have a rest day routine you follow?