Rest Day Stress?

𝘿𝙊 𝙍𝙀𝙎𝙏 𝘿𝘼𝙔𝙎 𝙎𝙏𝙍𝙀𝙎𝙎 𝙔𝙊𝙐 𝙊𝙐𝙏? I just took 4 days off the gym. I didn’t even wear my watch to track my steps! This would have been 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 for me 2 years ago.
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I use to think taking 2 or 3 days off the gym would 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗼 𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗺𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀.
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It’s why I worked out even when I was 𝘀𝗹𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗱, had a 𝗳𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿, or a 𝘀𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵. Those workouts certainly didn’t help me get ahead. If anything they made me more sick and made my recovery that much harder.
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And while our hotel in Palm Springs didn’t have a gym, I know I could have easily gotten a workout in. But I 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 to take a break. I 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 to let my body rest and unwind without guilt. It was probably exactly what I needed after 2 very long weeks away from home.
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𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻’𝘁 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗮 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝗮𝘆 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗻𝘅𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝘀𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳, “𝘄𝗵𝘆?”
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I am all for getting in daily movement, prioritizing it, scheduling it in and getting on a sweat. BUT, I also believe that if being active is part of your lifestyle, taking time to rest and recover is important too!
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How do you deal with rest days? Do you schedule them in, or take them as needed?


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