After an ultra-intense week of running, cycling and moving every which way, it is time for you to have your rest day. Rest days are an integral part of training that can help you to meet your goals, so do not skimp on this. And this does not mean plopping your butt on the couch for a day of girly movies. You need to do certain things like relaxing, taking a snooze and even walking around more to aid in recovery and set the stage for your next workout day. Follow these tips to make the most of your rest day, starting today:
1 Active Recovery is Key
Instead of laying down and resting all day, use your day off for active recovery. Active recovery will help increase your circulation and thrust you on your way to having an even better workout tomorrow. So go for a light workout, nothing crazy and set the stage for an even better fitness day tomorrow.
2 Get a Much Needed Massage
Fingers moving across your back to relax your muscles and your mind. Wow, massage is truly invigorating. If you have been working out like a maniac all week, massage can be your cure all. As your muscles are rubbed out from head to toe, prepare to feel muscle soreness the next day. Several days later, you will just feel thankful that you went for a massage!
3 Just Breathe
Stretch out your body and practice breathing techniques that help you to relax. If you relax your body and your mind, you will use this rest day in the best way possible. In order to give it your all on a daily basis, it is important to hit the pause button every now and then and rest.
4 Add Some Stability Moves
Perform stability moves like rowing or even arm circles so you can focus on the smaller muscle groups. Since we are creatures of habit, we often exercise with isolation moves that target the larger muscle groups. But if you want to see incredible results you need to give the larger muscle groups a much needed break and focus on the tiny accessory muscles.
5 Drink Your Water
Cheers to your health to feel better and kick muscle cramping to the curb. Drink 8-10 glasses of water today and you may find you have more energy. You will also be forced to get up to refill your cup and hit the bathroom from all those fluids. Add a splash of citrus fruit to break the boredom of drinking plain water!
6 Eat More Greens
At more greens by adding veggies to every meal. Make veggies the center of every meal for better nutrition and also to speed up recovery. The phytonutrients in your veggies can help propel your recovery and get you working out stronger and longer, as a result.
7 Take a Power Nap
Just 15 minutes of downtime in the day can help you recover more efficiently. We push so hard throughout the day with our workouts and everyday tasks but sometimes we need to stop and shut our eyes. Take a short snooze to revitalize your energy and help you get back to exercise even stronger!
With these tips on just how you should utilize your rest day, follow along to get fit and feel fab starting today!