Working out every day could lead to fatigue and burnout, and that’s why rest days should be an essential part of your fitness routine. Some people try to avoid them fearing they’ll struggle to stay motivated if they take a break, but rest days can actually be a great motivational tool for more reasons than one.
Destress and Relax
In addition to being great for your physical health and helping you avoid pain and injuries, rest days can be great for your mental health. They allow you to destress and recharge your batteries, allowing you to take a break from thinking about your workouts.
If you’re struggling to find time for other things that you like because your workout routine is too rigorous, use rest days to enjoy your other hobbies. By doing so, you’ll find a new appreciation for both your workouts and the rest of the free time in your day, making you rethink the way you’re spending it.
Active Rest Days
Taking a rest day doesn’t necessarily mean staying in bed all day long. If you fear that taking a break will negatively impact your progress, doing light physical activity, such as taking a walk, going on a relaxing hike, or doing some gardening is always an option.