5 Expert-Approved Rest Day Workouts

January 20, 2021 by Byrdie

When you’re working toward a fitness goal like running a 10K or making it to the top of the leaderboard in your Spin class, taking a rest day may seem counterproductive. After all, the more hard work and sweat you put in, the better result you’ll get, right?

In reality, the opposite couldn’t be more true. Rest days are crucial to help propel you to your fitness goals. Your muscles need to take time off from working hard in order to rest, recover, and rebuild.

That being said, you don’t need to sit around with your feet up when a rest day rolls around. Light movement like walking, swimming, or cycling may actually be beneficial to helping you recover faster. Here are some ideas for rest day workouts, and how to know when you’re overdoing it and when you’re getting enough, well, rest.

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