I know this sounds a little crazy but many of you reading this know what I’m talking about. Every workout protocol (should) call for a “rest day” or two. For those of us that are avid fit people this can be a tough sell. I personally think this is because for a lot of people the gym or home workout has become a kind of therapy and stress relief. Also it has become a part of your daily routine. So knowing you must take a rest day can be hard for some.
That being said it is important to take a rest day. Muscles need time to recover and grow and it helps to prevent injury. So here is how I “cope”. Every morning after I put the kids on the bus at 7am I head to the gym for my workout. I usually use my rest days for my cardio days. This gives my muscles a rest day from weight lifting and more time in my schedule to fulfill my cardio protocol. Sometimes if I already hit my cardio objective for the week I will just go to the gym to do some stretching and very light band work for my upper body. Maybe even some foam rolling on any muscles that are tight or sore. So the habit of going to the gym is still intact and I feel like I did my body some good. It is kind of a little mind trick to play on yourself to avoid the mental letdown of a missed gym day.
Sometimes I use rest days for extremely busy days in my schedule. Days where I have so much to do I don’t even miss the fact that I didn’t go. This is rare though I admit. But for some of you this could work.
Whatever you do try not to let it get you down. Some people really consider a day that they didn’t get a workout in to be a “bad day”. Let’s look at the bigger picture and know that you will be stronger for it in the long run!