A Day of Rest..From Your Workout

Even God took a rest after creating the universe and the human race.  Take advice from the divine fitness coach and rest at least one day from your workout. Last week I was working out hard..ChaLean Extreme weightlifting and extreme cardio workouts.  By Thursday it felt like all I was doing was wearing myself out.  I was stressed out.  It was time for a break   Does that mean you should park it on the sofa, eat chips and drink soda?  NO!  You don’t even have to totally rest from activity.  You do need a break from what you usually do. Take your dog for a walk, a nice leasurely walk.  Go take a bike ride in the sunshine.  You don’t have to ride like you are training for a triathlon.  How about a stroll by your favorite stream, lake or beach?  Play a silly game with your kids that gets you moving.  If the weather is bad, you can put on your favorite music and dance a little.  Like to garden?  Get out there and dig in the dirt.

This is called recreational fitness.  You should always have one or two days of recreational fitness at the top of of your “fitness pyramid”.  Strength training, cardio and flexibility training make the larger base.  Recreational fitness should be activities you include that keep you moving, but are more lighthearted and fun.  They shouldn’t feel like work.

Are you feeling a little stressed and worn out from your workouts?  Throw in a day of rest with some recreational fitness!  You will come back to your regular workouts refreshed and renewed.

Author: Sue Kauffman

Health and PE teacher in Central PA. Exercise, fitness and nutrition junkie. Married, two teen girls (pulling out hair daily). Love to ballroom dance. Beachbody customer and coach. e-mail me at suek11@embarqmail.com

4 thoughts on “A Day of Rest..From Your Workout”

  1. These are really GREAT tips! Actually, just doing a little more of those recreational fitness activities on a daily basis would make a world of difference in this world we live in. Thanks for sharing!

  2. It’s important to balance your training sessions with some well needed rest. Recreational fitness is very useful, because you can relax a little after your soliciting flexibility training sessions and be a lot more well prepared for the next series of sessions.

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