Rest days are an essential part of training. While it might feel like you’re slacking and make you worry that you won’t build strength or increase speed or lose weight, time off allows your body and mind to fully recover and grow.
One week ago, I decided to create a 77-day (11 weeks) Boot Camp training regimen. Each day, I make a point of spending at least 30 minutes exercising. Tuesdays and Thursdays are gym days.
I originally was going to take Sundays off from my training but I found the workouts enjoyable, and I ended up walking nearly 12 miles and took photos along the way to make it interesting.
On Monday, my feet were aching. I over did it a little. So I decided to take a break from workouts and simply hang out around the house.
It took less than an hour and I realized that the lawn needed mowing, the garden needed watering and weeds pulled, and I had a ton of catching up to do on planning events for my professional photography business.
On Tuesday, I start Week Two of my fitness Boot Camp. Tuesdays and Thursdays are designated as my gym days. I’m actually starting to look forward to it.
My approach to working in the gym is to try to make the workout fun. I know that most people overdue their gym visits and then their body becomes stiff and sore. Not good.
So, I’m taking it slow to start out and gradually will increase the intensity and duration of my workouts as I progress.
Never taking a day off sets the body up for a breakdown. You become more susceptible to severe muscle soreness, a suppressed immune system, improper sleep, a decrease in strength and performance, and injury.
Rest days also benefit your mind: Scheduling a mandatory break from training will help you get excited to jump back into your program.
Now that the break is over, it’s time to get back to the program.
But first, I get to eat this plump, ripe strawberry from my garden. Yum! 🙂