If you’re in any way connected to fitness, I’m sure you’ve heard about rest days. There are all kinds of different approaches to rest days and how they should be applied. Depending on what workout plan you’re using of fitness pro you’re following on social media, they will probably each have a different recommendation for rest days. Here are a few things I want you to keep in mind regarding rest days.
1. Your Body Needs Rest
Your body needs rest. Period. You can’t push yourself with all-out workouts day after day and expect your body to be able to keep up. A lot of moms fall into this pattern postpartum because they want to lose the baby weight as quickly as possible. But in all reality, not giving your body time to rest and recover will be detrimental to both your healing and your fitness journeys.
2. You Can Still Move on Rest Days
Take a walk, do a yoga flow or spend some time playing with your kids. Just because you’re taking a rest day (or two) doesn’t mean you can’t move your body. Resting from the intense workouts, but still taking time to move will do your body a world of good!
3. Listen to When You Need Rest
When I work with clients, I talk a lot about learning to listen to your own body. And I’m not just talking about fitness. There are a lot of different ways our bodies try to tell us how it is feeling and what it needs. You don’t always have to follow a program religiously – especially during the perinatal period. Your body is going through a lot and needs time to rest, so that you can heal and recover. Make sure you check in with your body throughout the week and if you need to take a day off and rest – do it!
Don’t be afraid of rest. Don’t be afraid that you’re going to lose all your gains – you won’t! In fact, you’ll feel more prepared to head into a good workout when you are properly rested.