Have had an interesting dilemma this week. I’ve joined a facebook group as part of the 12WBT program and there was a discussion about rest days. My usual routine is going to the gym each weekday morning and burning approx 500cal through cardio and weights, 1-2 nights a week for cardio only then Sat & Sun doing a circuit that burns at least 1000 cal.
I’m not very good at taking rest days but advice from the group was that they were very important as they allowed your body time to rest and recuperate. Not taking them could lead to illness and injury.
My first thought of a morning (after running through which day of the week it is), is what time do I need/want to be at the gym. So this morning when I woke at 6am, my first thought was that I had 30mins til the gym opened. Then I went back and forth between rest day/gym – all from the comfort of my nice warm bed…
I guess I have two main concerns about taking a rest day:
1 – if I get out of routine of going to the gym I may never go back. Which doesn’t really seem likely given I’ve been going regularly again since August 11 but I guess everything about this journey has an underlying fear of slipping back into old ways.
2 – I don’t think I have my food (particularly on weekends) completely under control yet and going to the gym was a way of combating what I may have eaten over my calorie limit. I guess instead of stressing about a rest day I should be focussing on my food instead.
The other thing though, is that I enjoy it. Going to the gym does wonders for my mental health and my guilt. Because I work so hard through the week, my weekends are spent doing jobs around the house, studying and reading. I guess my gym sessions let me feel less guilty about not being out and about doing things.
So, I’ll take my rest day today and will re-assess next week. Perhaps I’ll go and just walk on the treadmill rather than a full on circuit.