The long-awaited, infamous, rest-day. For some, it’s a day waited upon and celebrated. For others, it’s a day to endure whilst day-dreaming of tomorrow’s session.
Whatever it is, it’s an important day to not judge what relaxes you. This is a day for you. Anything from scrapbooking to hitting the local club to dance away even more calories is fair game. If it speaks to your spirit and re-centers you, and it’s important you take the time to indulge in that.
With that being said, I’d like to present my 3 rules for a successful rest-day. Pay close attention to #3:
Number 2 is what causes so many problems. It’s those times you’re relaxing on the couch with no gym-session in sight that those cheat meals are even more enticing. Rest days are for your body, not your goals. Goals do not have an off day. Your body needs a day off from the weights and running to rebuild all the muscle you’ve broken down. It’s as important as any day you put in work at the gym.
Digress with me for a moment.
This is the journey we are privileged to be on: We are creating our ideal selves, we have nothing but a mental image of who we want to be and through our own dedication, determination, and sweat, we manifest that person into reality. During this process, we are forced to rebuild ourselves physically, emotionally, mentally – all simultaneously. And who puts in 100% of the work? You. Who made a decision, committed to it, and created it? You.
That’s what this journey is all about. Sounds exhausting, doesn’t it?
That’s why we need rest days.
If you’re feeling the need to rush rush rush and live the mantra “I’ll rest when I’m dead!” within the weight-room – your gym days are numbered, my friend.
More often than not, those who find themselves acting as the rabbit in this race are those who fear they will not be able to accomplish their goals if they rest. They will not be able to “re-start” with the same intensity as they would if they utilized a day to recover, which is a reasonable concern.
If you know you are in the race for the long run, then relax. The battle is already half-won. Keep putting in the work, and get your rest day in to reconnect with why you’re doing this and who you want to be. Rejuvenate that motivation– and keep up the good work.
I’ll see you on the couch…relaxing.
Fabletics Master, Torrey Drake