How I Know When to Rest

You guys are seriously the best. Thank you so much for all of your kind and encouraging words on my post yesterday. It’s hard to know what decision is best sometimes, but I know God will take care of it. In the mean time, I’m going to continue to choose JOY and try not to let the stress of it all weigh me down.

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I get a lot of questions regarding rest days.

Rest days are such a huge part of running, exercise, and fitness, and I think it’s something that many people underestimate. I used to rarely take rest days, and it killed me. My workouts were always sub-par, I was mentally drained, I was physically exhausted, and my body suffered. Let’s just say I was an awesome example of what NOT to do.

Now that I’m on the other side of it all, rest is something I’ve really prioritized, especially since training for my half marathon. Running is one of the most strenuous physical activities you can put on your body. Your joints, muscles, and overall energy take a huge hit when you’re regularly running lots of miles, so it’s crucial to take time to rest.

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I typically take two rest days per week – lately it’s been Fridays and Sundays. This just works for me because I can have a day of rest the day before and the day after my long run. My body feels best this way. However, every once in awhile, I need an unplanned extra rest day.

Take yesterday for example. I woke up feeling low in energy, my hip was bothering me (grrr), and my head felt like it was starting to get congested. This past weekend was also a little more emotional than usual, so I was feeling mentally exhausted as well. Sometimes a run helps me mentally, but I decided what I ultimately needed was rest.

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The biggest thing I’ve learned through my experience with fitness is that everyone is different. Just because someone else may regularly be able to run 10 miles on back-to-back days doesn’t mean that MY body can handle it. This is where listening to your body is KEY! So please, take the time to evaluate what your body needs and don’t feel one ounce of guilt about it if that means rest. In fact, feel PROUD that you’re doing your body a favor.

P.S. Totally forgot to announce the Peanut Butter & Co. giveaway winner yesterday. Click back to this post to see if it’s you! Please email me at ashlw0304@gmail.com if you are the winner.

How many rest days do you take per week?

How do you know when your body needs an extra rest day?

Do you ever feel guilty about taking rest days?

Is today a rest day or a workout day for you?

How to Know When You’re Overdoing It

We all know I’ve had my fair share of issues in the past with “overdoing it” when it comes to exercise. And if you didn’t know, then you can read all about it HERE.

This is something I do not want to have to go through again, so I’ve been doing a little research to make sure that I don’t get myself into the trap of overdoing it. Exercise is a great thing and is crucial in leading a healthy lifestyle. However, exercising too much can be just as harmful as not exercising at all.

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So how do you know when you’re overdoing it?

Here are some red flags to look for:

  • You’re always exhausted and fatigued.
  • Your workouts leave you feeling worn out rather than energized.
  • You have an irregular menstrual cycle or have lost it completely.
  • You experience insomnia on a regular basis.
  • Your performance declines.
  • You are getting injured more often.
  • You get sick easier.

All of these things, whether by themselves or together, are signs that you could possibly be over exercising. If your body is showing signs of any of the above symptoms, I would encourage you to reevaluate your fitness routine.

Realistically, you should be giving yourself at least 1-2 rest days per week and keeping your workouts at no longer than 90 minutes on a regular basis. I personally like to take two, sometimes three, rest days per week, and my workouts are rarely ever longer than an hour. I realize everyone is different, but it seems to work well for me and my body.

Have you ever experienced a time when you over exercised? How many rest days do you take per week? How long are your workouts?

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