Hello, hello, helloooooo!
How was your weekend?!
Ours seemed to fly by and was suddenly over in no time. We didn’t have many plans going into the weekend, but it ended up being a pretty busy weekend by the time all was said and done.
A quick run-down:
- Friday evening: We hung out with my mom and stepdad. We played with Hunter, watched some HGTV, and went to a little gyro joint for dinner.
- Saturday morning: Cody, Hunter, and I went for a hike, and then we went over to Cody’s stepbrother’s house to see their new house and hang out for a bit.
- Saturday afternoon: Played outside with Hunter and did laundry during his nap.
- Saturday evening: We hung out with some friends we haven’t seen in awhile – ate brownies, played with our kids, and caught up on lost time.
- Sunday morning: Visited a new church.
- Sunday afternoon: We had a low-key day with my grandparents, dad, and stepmom – played some cards, ate good food, and chased Hunter around.
- Sunday evening: Got ready for the upcoming week – packed lunch, put away laundry, ironed clothes.
So, there ya go. Very few photos were taken, so you aren’t missing too much. It was a nice little weekend spent with family and good friends.
Anyways, let’s switch gears here and move on to some fitness (or lack thereof?) talk…
I wanted to chat with you guys about rest days! Oh, and how much I love them.
Resting while Hunter napped. I read blogs while Cody watched a show.
Rest days are a funny thing. I’ve noticed that rest days can be viewed so differently depending on the person.
There are the people that dread exercising because they don’t find a type of exercise that is enjoyable or fun for them. They typically live for their rest days since they despise their workouts so much.
Then there’s the people that are so consumed with exercise, their workout plan, and/or being active that taking a rest day is difficult for them. Most of the time, I’ve found these people to be addicted to exercise/burning calories/endorphins/etc., and they actually dread rest days.
I used to be in the latter group of people, no doubt about it. I would beat myself up all day on my ONE rest day per week because I wasn’t exercising, burning calories, etc. Then I’d focus on eating less calories because if I’m burning less that day, obviously I need to eat less, right? NO! Our bodies need those extra calories on rest days to allow our muscles to rebuild, repair, and recover. It’s no wonder my body was unhappy for so long.
Rest days are so necessary for our health:
- They give our bodies a break from the physical stress,
- they are when our muscles repair and recover, and
- they help replenish our energy stores.
Fortunately, I’ve come to place that I actually enjoy my rest days! I typically take 2-3 rest days per week, and I don’t think twice about it. Sometimes I know my body needs an unplanned day of rest, other times it’s a busy day and I don’t end up getting to my workout, and still other times I just know a rest day would be good for my body. I use the extra time to sleep in or spend quality time with my family and/or friends.
Some of my rest days consist of a lot of lounging and resting, while other rest days are more of an “active recovery” day and consist of walks, running errands, and/or cleaning the house. I value those down times, and I know my body appreciates it too. In fact, I’d say that my body is probably in the best shape it’s ever been. I most definitely associate it to not overtraining, taking plenty of rest days, and listening to my body.
In short, embrace those rest days!!! Your body loves them!
What did you do this weekend?
Do/did you ever struggle with taking rest days?
How many rest days do you typically take per week?