It’s Tuesday afternoon, a hair past the 4 o’clock hour. I’m not stripping off my jeans, turning up my tunes, and rushing to the gym for a typical Running Tuesday workout [run]. No… I’m snuggled under my orange comforter, my room softly lit by the late afternoon sunlight peeping through the closed blinds, and there is a subtly sweet scent of Tazo Calm Tea in the air from the steaming cup of hot water beside me.
I made the decision yesterday that today would be a “rest day”. I’ve exercised the past 9 days in a row, all of them being solid workouts. And well, according to my plan, I’m supposed to have one rest day a week. As I sat on my usual bike at the gym last night, pushing the pedals round and round with my beefy quad muscles, I noticed a decline in motivation to “push it”.
I did not solely schedule in one rest day per week to prevent injury and allow my body to recuperate from any strenuous exercise… I did it equally so to recharge my mind.
Fortunately, I am one of those people that is excited about exercise/physical activity; it doesn’t take much bribing at all to get me moving. Though, training for an endurance event requires a lot of drive and mental energy week in and week out. My favorite quote couldn’t say it better:
“Running is a mental exercise with physical benefits.”
With that, I’m going to utilize the remainder of my day off [from vigorous exercise]… perhaps, literally, with a nap.
Happy February, friends!
Of Possible Interest:
- The Power of Running via Whole Living Magazine
- Spring 2011 Running Shoe Guide via Runner’s World
- The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are OUT! [official document via the Self Magazine blog, Eat Like Me] – because I’m the Nutrition Nut!
How regularly do you take a rest day? My rest days are sporadic. Occasionally life will get in the way of my workout regimen, but most of the time they arise from me being very in tune with my body’s requests. That said, I get antsy after 2 days sans a workout.