Am I the only that struggles with rest days? I get so antsy and yes I’ve been known to do “light workouts” on my rest days. Oops! I am fully aware that rest days are crucial to staying injury free and to achieving peak performance. So why are they so hard to do? I’ve got a few ideas for you on how to stay busy on your rest day.
5 Ways To Stay Busy On Your Rest Day
Cook it up
I love to meal prep and cook on my rest days. We runners are always thinking about food anyways so why not make it productive? I find cooking very relaxing and I always feel accomplished when I have a fridge full of healthy choices to munch on.
The only think I really procrastinate about is organizing drawers or my closet. The other is putting away the laundry. I often force myself to do these on rest days and I am always glad afterwards.
Make plans with non running friends
The majority of my social life is centered around running or doing some sort of fitness activity with friends. I admit, it’s sometimes hard to find time to hang out with my non fitness friends. Rest days are the perfect time to schedule a lunch or coffee date.
Schedule Dr/dentist appt
No one wants to give up precious running or gym time to spend in a Dr or Dentist office right? Try scheduling those appointments on rest days. Makes them a little less painful.
Daytime movie date
The hubs and I had a rare daytime weekend movie date recently. It forced me to really rest the day before my long run without getting antsy. Plus, there was popcorn so that’s always a plus.
If all else fails, spend your rest day scouring your computer for future races to sign up for and cute gear to wear. A little retail therapy never fails.
Tell me: Do you get antsy on your rest days or do you embrace them? How do you keep busy?