Don’t be the pink panther in this above picture..
Obviously he had too much fun the night before and now is rethinking about his actions all the while holding this last night’s beverage. We don’t want to be that guy, or maybe we do, either way, this isn’t a form of “active” rest.
Many times on a rest day, people assume it means go watch your favorite netflix show while eating bon bons and sipping on your favorite beverage of choice BUT in all reality, your rest days should be more productive but not as extreme or intense as your workout days. I mean it is okay to eat bons bons and watch netflix – because having an actual day of rest is very important in training to keep from over-training and reduce chances of injury and exhaustion. I just mean the majority of your rest days should consist of productivity and things that don’t keep you indoors sitting on your butt all day, unless you are watching my YouTube videos (then by all means don’t move until you have watched them all) – I didn’t even learn this whole active rest idea until I was told about it during college and guess what? it made total sense to me. Hopefully it makes sense to you as well. So many of you want ideas on what to do on rest days that don’t consist of staring at the blank walls in your room? good, I am here to help you with this.
I am going to name a few activities one can do for their rest days to keep them moving and grooving and heart pumping!
- go for a walk, I don’t mean to the fridge and back to your bedroom, I mean an actual walk someplace (trails, to the corner store, friends house, etc)
- go swimming
- participate in some sports
- ride a bike
- go bowling
- throw frisbee
- take a hike
- go dancing
- scuba diving
- mountain climbing
- ice skating
- jump on a trampoline
- play some hopscotch
- take the family to the nearby park
There are many, many activities one can do on their rest days. The point of an active rest day is to keep you moving so that you don’t get used to sitting all day and doing nothing. – which doesn’t benefit you. Usually when one continues their workout routine after an active rest day, they have more energy than the one who sat all day in the house the night before. Keep yourself busy throughout the day 😀
What do you like to do on your rest days? (be honest) leave answers in the comment section.
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