Rest Day

22 Aug

While I could write paragraphs about the importance of adequate rest, let’s keep this short and sweet. Rest days are critical for making progress; they are where your body recovers and adapts from what you asked it to do in recent workouts. If you aren’t taking a break, you aren’t reaping the benefits of your hard work. Period. (Note: “Oh, I just went for an easy 6 mile run” = NOT RESTING).

So, how to take advantage of your rest days to maximize your recovery benefits?

  • Foam rolling and self-myofascial release with the lacrosse ball, especially for those of you with tight hips and shoulders!
  • Find a favorite stretch at MobilityWOD and do it!
  • Extra sleep
  • Take a nice long walk
  • Instead of a gym workout, try a kitchen workout. Nutrition–particularly adequate protein intake and adequate caloric intake from high quality sources–is critical for recovery and long-term performance. Plan out your meals and try pre-preparation to make future meals a breeze.

The rewards of rest day kitchen prep…

What’s your favorite rest day recovery activity?


2 Responses to “Rest Day”

  1. Stephanie 08/23/2012 at 10:17 am #

    pretty sure “Oh, I just went for an easy 6 mile run” was me 😉 oops!

    • Becky Tippett 08/23/2012 at 2:05 pm #

      I am pretty guilty of the non-resting “rest day,” too. e.g., “Just a 90-minute bikram class!” But, I’m trying to break the habit, as you will be amazed by how much stronger you can get when you let your body actually rebuild muscles.

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