I have a problem. I can’t take a rest day. I could tell you all about the benefits of taking a rest day but I can’t seem to do it myself.
I’ll rest body parts… lift upper one day and lower the next day. And I take lots of days off running by doing something low impact- like the arc trainer. But a complete rest day? That’s very hard for me to do.
The only exception is if it’s before a race. I am able to rest for up to three days before a race in which I want to perform well. I don’t ENJOY the rest, but I know it will help me PR. So I do it! I look at it as part of my preparation.
Lately, I've been really tired on the weekends. I can’t really get anything done because all I have energy to do after the work week is lay on the couch. This weekend, my body was very tired. I thought a rest day was in order. I figured Tuesday would be a great day for a rest because we had in-service… which meant I wouldn’t have to teach… which meant I wouldn’t need energy… which meant I could do without my daily dose of morning endorphins.
The anxiety started Monday night when I realized I wouldn’t be able to work out the next day. I set my alarm for 6am and 7am… I wanted to give myself the chance to work out in the morning. The 6am wake up call would provide me that chance. Or, I could turn it off and go back to sleep for another hour.
When my alarm went off at 6am Tuesday morning, I turned it off and closed my eyes. I was so tired. “I’m going to sleep in!” I told myself. But 20 seconds later I was out of bed and putting on my workout gear.
I know I need to start taking legitimate, full body rest days. And I could do it if I wanted to. I mean, it shouldn’t be that hard to NOT exercise, right? People DON’T exercise all the TIME.
I’ve got some mental stuff to go through before I commit to this, though. I’ll let you know when I make the decision to go balls to the wall and schedule a rest day at least every 10 days. Because if I declare my goal to you all, I will not want to fail!
How often do you take rest days?
Do you schedule them, or do they happen organically?