My 2014 New Year's resolution was to take one rest day per week.
I was quite dramatic in announcing my goal. I even made this ridiculous photograph...
The reason I was so dramatic was because even just a year ago, taking a rest day was a huge deal for me and caused a lot of anxiety.
Things started off well. I purposefully planned and tracked my rest days to make sure I indeed took one once a week. But then I had knee surgery. I took a lot of rest days after that! I of course recovered, and sort of stopped keeping track of rest days. I still took them, but I took them organically, when I felt like I needed one. As the year progressed, my anxiety about rest days diminished. I am now at the point where I take 2 lower body rest days every 9 days. And I don't worry about it- at all.
With all these rest days I didn't get fat. I didn't lose fitness. Nothing bad came from it. I think the best thing that came from it was that slowly but surely, my anxiety about rest days fell by the wayside and I started to look at them as just part of the program. Because, as most people know, rest IS part of the program!
No resolutions for me this year! I already wrote out some of my goals for the next couple months, so that is what I am sticking with for now!
Did you make a resolution? How did you do?
What's your take on rest days? Are you happy for them? Do they cause anxiety?