. keep calm and… rest .

by Amanda @ .running with spoons. on November 11, 2013

Remember how I mentioned wanting to go for a run yesterday afternoon? Here’s what actually happened…

Relaxing

What can I say? Gloomy weather, a comfy couch, warm tea, a stellar [Christmas] movie lineup — what more could you ask for in a rest day? Well, how about the ability to actually enjoy it… If you ask me, that last one is kind of the kicker.

Rest day anxiety. I feel a little funny talking about it since I haven’t had a proper workout/rest schedule for a couple of years now, but I have struggled with a serious exercise addiction in the past, and I remember wanting to jump out of my skin on those days where I wasn’t working out.

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There was a time where I worked out 7 days a week, without fail. The idea of taking a day off caused me so much grief, that I convinced myself that what I was doing was actually healthy. I mean, exercise is a great form of stress relief, right? Right. And that’s what I was doing — relieving stress. What I failed to acknowledge was that what I was actually doing was catering to an exercise addiction. I thought I loved exercise, but the only thing I really loved about it was that it would rid me of the anxiety I felt over the idea that taking a day off would cause me to gain weight.

Eventually, my body started to break down and I was forced to introduce 1, and then 2, rest days a week. It was agony — I didn’t know what to do with myself when I wasn’t planning my day around a workout or fuelling… So much extra time — what to do?! And to make matters worse, my appetite was usually out of control on those days, and a lack of exercise in addition to an increased appetite made me one big ball of nerves.

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Fast forward to today — I can honestly say that I enjoy the occasional full-on lazy day, but more so than that, I enjoy not feeling like I have to work out. Don’t get me wrong — physical activity is a beautiful thing and definitely a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle — but we should be looking at it as a way to improve ourselves rather than punish ourselves. I think a big part of the reason that I’m enjoying running so much more this time around is because I’m no longer looking at it solely as a way to burn off extra calories. Me time, endorphins, accomplishment, getting stronger… that’s what I love. And on that note, I really need to update you guys on how I’m doing with the whole running thing… But I digress.

Rest days. Embrace them, they’re good for you. I didn’t write this post to highlight the benefits and importance of rest days, but to tell you that it’s okay to take them and enjoy them — it doesn’t mean you’re being lazy or unhealthy. I get a good amount of e-mails from girls struggling to overcome exercise addictions, and I know that one of the things that helped me deal with my own was seeing examples of people who were happy and healthy and not obsessive about their workout schedules. It’s possible. So, my friends, keep calm and rest.

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How do you feel about rest days?
Why do you exercise?

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1 Kate @ Quarter Century Southern Living November 11, 2013 at 6:18 am

Amen! Rest days are so important. I actually do love to workout and push myself to achieve fitness goals and it definitely satisfies my competitive drive. That being said, the body also needs time to recover and relax. I think rest days remind me to be balanced in life. Eating chocolate every day also reminds me of that ;) Great post!
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2 Lucie November 11, 2013 at 6:19 am

Thank you girl, another insporational post!
My biggest strength this year was to break down my workout routine. I went down from 2 workouts a day 2 times a week to 5 single workout days. I went from 90minutes cardio a day to 30 minutes 5 times a week. And – I feel SO MUCH BETTER. I LOVE my rest days – I sleep in (sometimes 10 hours :-)) and I have so much time for other fun things, or just really to REST, hang on the couch, go for an easy stroll, and be mindful with myself. I am not there yet, that I can exercise intuitively, I still have my plan and stick to it very strictly, but hey – one step at a time, right?
Exercising for me is being fit, strong, relaxed and for the most part: self confident.
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3 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm

You’re doing SO awesome love, and I know you’ve been a huge inspiration to many in your journey <3

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4 Sarah @pickyrunner November 11, 2013 at 6:26 am

Rest days are still a struggle for me but I do make sure to at least take one to two days off running completely. I may go for a walk (on my commute) or do a yoga class on a rest day, but I’m much less obsessive than I was. Not being on a strict workout schedule has really helped me with that and I don’t know that I would be this carefree about it if I was following a plan. I love your outlook on rest now! If you aren’t feeling it, then there’s no point. I still don’t understand why I turn into a hungry monster on rest days but that’s something I need to learn to embrace.
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5 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Ravenous rest days seem to be a thing for most people. I think a lot of it has to do with your body requiring more energy for healing and muscle growth and what not.

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6 meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles November 11, 2013 at 6:28 am

Such timing you had with today’s post – I totally struggle with rest days simply because I crave my 30 minutes a day. What I try to do is make a “rest day” each week more of an “easy exercise” day as in walking or light elliptical work or even a slow jog. All depends upon my mood. I know I should take a full rest day each week but sometimes, and really most times, it doesn’t happen. I know it should. I try to listen to my body and proceed with caution. Like this morning – probably should’ve taken a rest day simply because I am due for one but felt like a morning jog. I kept it totally slow and light but really, what would have happened if I skipped it? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. We runners are so stubborn. And I thought about that this morning. I need to stop being stubborn and treat my body to a full rest. Not just a run followed by putting those pajamas back on and resting. Such a slippery slope between getting out there and getting out there too often.
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7 Kim November 11, 2013 at 6:44 am

I have struggled with taking rest days, too. I try to just go with how my body feels – if it is extra tired than I take a day off but if I am just taking a rest day because I’ve worked out for 5 days and “should” then sometimes I will go ahead and work out. I’m glad that you were able to take a rest day and completely embrace it!!!
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8 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat November 11, 2013 at 6:48 am

I love physically benefits of exercise, but my biggest reason for doing it is more for the mental benefits. It helps clear my mind and helps get rid of that extra pent up energy. Right now, I exercise 5 days a week with 2 rest days. I’ve definitely had had times where I’ve overdone it (I used to think rest days were bad) and my body paid for it, so I’ve come to understand the need for rest days. They allow your body to heal and get stronger, so I’ve come to accept those days and their benefits.
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9 Ksenija @ With An Open Mind November 11, 2013 at 6:48 am

Such an important topic! Many girls don’t get that stress is one of the biggest burden when it comes to our health. I used to be a nonstop-person all my life. Always go go go, doesn’t matter if it was exercising, studying, working, meeting friends. Having a busy schedule was something natural for me and having a day off often ended in being depressed and not knowing what to do with my free time. That is such an important thing Jay teached me: hanging in your PJs and watching series the whole day is absolutely OK. You don’t feel like working out today? Then don’t do it. Whats the problem? You feel like taking an evening off and not socializing. Do it. Take all the time you need. I must say it feels damn nice to let go of the stress and get no anxiety attacks when I have nothing planned for a few days in a row.
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10 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm

YES. I’ve always found it ironic that the people that stress the least about diet and exercise seem to be some of the happiest and healthiest. I mean, there are obviously exceptions, but overall I think that stress has a more negative effect on our well-being than not following a perfect diet or exercise routine.

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11 Cassie November 11, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I couldn’t agree more about stress!
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12 elise November 11, 2013 at 6:48 am

What a beautiful post and a wonderful reminder. I think a lot of people struggle with this, especially those in the ‘healthy living blog’ community. I know that I still struggle with just taking a rest day. I feel like I need to have a reason, like I’m too busy to fit a workout in, so I look for something to do to fill that time. But sometimes it’s simply okay to just plop yourself down on the couch and just be not-busy and take a FULL rest day.
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13 Davida @ The Healthy Maven November 11, 2013 at 6:53 am

Hit the nail on the head! Well at least for me. I used to think my body needed all that exercise for the endorphins…or at least that was the excuse I was using to allow myself to rarely take a rest day. Since quitting higher intensity exercise I’ve learned that my body in fact does NOT need the exercise and is perfectly satisfied with a walk. I no longer feel like a slave to exercise which I hate to admit I spent far too long feeling. Exercise is important to maintain a healthy life but if exercise is taking over your life, you are the furthest thing from healthy. Love this! Love you!
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14 Alex @ Kenzie Life November 11, 2013 at 6:54 am

Sounds like a heavenly day!

My biggest problem with taking rest days is actually finding the time to rest and not feel guilty about not doing homework, or work work, or cleaning my apartment, or whatever else it is that needs to be done. I don’t exercise every day but I do exercise about 4 times a week with rest days in between. On the days I don’t do Pure Barre or run, I might do a yoga DVD just because it feels good to stretch. I also used to struggle with an exercise addiction, though it didn’t last long because it definitely went along with my eating disorder and I was put in treatment before I even knew what happened. My problem then was going the opposite way and not wanting to exercise at all because I felt like I “had to” to be a “good” patient in recovery. I saw so many girls and women in treatment so badly wanting to exercise and I felt guilty that I didn’t want to as bad as they did. It was a weird thought process but now I exercise because it makes me feel strong and healthy and gives me a rush. It’s my release.
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15 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Don’t feel guilty for doing what works for you, love <3

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16 Ang @ Nutty for Life November 11, 2013 at 7:02 am

Rest days are so important. I’ve been keen on rest days lately since my knee is bothering me, and I like to think they are helping. Fall and winter are perfect for rest days because it’s so cold you just want to hang out ;)
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17 Parita @ myinnershakti November 11, 2013 at 7:03 am

I used to be very anti-rest days as well! I would go into full blown panic mode just thinking about not exercising. But now that I’m older and wiser (or so I think!), I fully embrace them and take at 2 days off from any intentional forms of exercise a week. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul. :)

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18 Jessie November 11, 2013 at 7:10 am

“.. but we should be looking at it as a way to improve ourselves rather than punish ourselves” <– CAN I GET AN AMEN!!! This was probably my favorite sentence in this whole post. Short yet so powerful and true. I can say at once I was addicted. Since I felt that "addiction", I can honestly say it breaks my heart completely when I see other people not allowing themselves and their body REST! They don't see it now, but one day they will.. and you ever know if it'll be too late. you know, possibly giving themselves a time consuming injury. Sure i love seeing other bloggers workouts they post for the week, however is it bad that I cringe at some? I know I should never judge, and I try not too, but when I don't even see ONE SINGLE REST DAY I often wonder WHY?? Alright alright, i'm not going to go any further w/ this comment. Case in point – rest days are important & your body will thank you <3
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19 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I cringe when I see what some bloggers put their bodies through as well, but then I remember that I was there once and that nothing anyone told me would have changed my mind or convinced me to do otherwise. Everyone is on their own journey, and they’ll most likely learn with time.

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20 D @ The Kosher Cave Girl November 11, 2013 at 7:13 am

Rest days are just the greatest sometimes. I had one yesterday. I never changed out of my pajamas. I watched How I Met Your Mother, Revenge, and Grimm reruns all day. I drank Paleo chai lattes and ate 21 day sugar detox pumpkin cookies. Yum. Sometimes rest days are the perfect fuel for the coming week of workouts.
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21 Sarah November 11, 2013 at 7:19 am

Rest Day (AKA stay home and think about working out) Giggle! So true!Giving myself permission to rest is still such a struggle for me. I convince myself I exercise to relieve anxiety. I reason that I will feel incredibly anxious if I do not work out. so I might as well exercise in order to stop thinking about it. The thing is, planning the exercise, juggling my schedule to fit in the exercise, and awaiting the time when I will exercise actually increase my anxiety. Yesterday afternoon I plopped myself down in the sun , read a few pages, and drifted into that blissful warm drowsy state. Okay, so it was all of 20 minutes but, for me, this is a small victory, to allow myself the simple luxury of leisure. The interesting thing is I felt less anxious and more energized after my mini-lollygag. It is always a good thing when I can prove one of my hare-brained theories incorrect. Thanks for the reminder. You are right; it does help to see examples of healthy people take a day off and live to tell about it!

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22 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Small victories add up over time and eventually lead to bigger victories :D There’s nothing wrong with baby steps, especially since they allow us to go at a comfortable enough pace not to shock us back into bad habits.

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23 Beth @ Mangoes and Miles November 11, 2013 at 7:20 am

Yes, you do need to update us on your running! I want to hear allllllllllllllllll about it. :) I can’t say I’ve ever felt terrible over taking a rest day…more like twinges of guilt that I usually manage to talk myself out of. When we were on vacation in Yellowstone/the Grand Tetons, it was definitely the worst…even though we were walking around a lot, it was still relatively unhealthy food + no intense exercise and made me feel horrible. Until I realized that I was in freaking Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons and I wasn’t going to let a lack of running let me enjoy those gorgeous few days!
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24 Lisa C. November 11, 2013 at 7:24 am

A very important post today. I am a good twenty years removed from my eating/ exercise addictions and I remember those feelings.

On another note, I made your pumpkin chocolate chip bread yesterday. The family is devouring it! It is the best recipe I have tried yet for quick bread!

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25 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Awwr thanks for letting me know, Lisa! I’m glad you and your family enjoyed it!

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26 Morganne @ NutButterRunner November 11, 2013 at 7:56 am

Yes! Rest days are both the best day and the worst day all at the same time. I always hate “just sitting around”, but then the next day my body feels so refreshed. Great post!
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27 Tamara November 11, 2013 at 7:59 am

Rest and recovery are essential! I couldn’t agree more. :)
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28 Nicole November 11, 2013 at 8:04 am

The reason I never blog is because you take the words right out of my mouth! :D

I was the same way before — never ever any rest days. Because like you said, what would I do with my free time? Free time with an ED is disastrous. When I did have some free time, I would peruse recipes that I never ended up cooking, I would calculate how much I had eaten and how many calories I had left for the day, and I would try to figure out how to get away from food situations for the longest periods of time so I wouldn’t be tempted to eat.

Now, rest days come pretty naturally. If I don’t feel like moving around a lot because I’m simply tired or just FEEL lazy, I’m not going to push myself. If it doesn’t feel good, why would I do it? Same with feeling hungry. THAT doesn’t feel good, so why would I let myself feel it for an extended period of time?? So many things have changed and no, it wasn’t overnight, but I could say that as soon as I TRULY started embracing the idea of recovery because I was so sick of my ED, these sorts of ideas got easier and easier to try.

Nowadays, I exercise to tone up, relieve stress, and simply move because it stretches me out after long periods of sitting at my job. Of course I do it to be healthy, but I don’t do it to lose ungodly amounts of weight.

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29 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Isn’t it amazing how much happiness we take away from our lives by forcing ourselves to do stupid things that we THINK will make us happier but never do? Going hungry, over-exercising… ohhh the things I’d go back and tell my younger self.

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30 Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes November 11, 2013 at 8:07 am

Love this post! It can be so easy to over do it without realising it, so rest days are so important to me.
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31 Annie November 11, 2013 at 8:15 am

I love this post! I’ve come such a long way in my eating habits in the past few months/years but i’m definitely still struggling with the exercise side of things! I love running because it relieves stress and I also like strength training because it makes me feel like superwoman but I have a hard time separating exercise from calorie burn. I mean, yes I love running but at the back of my mind after each run I still think about the calorie burn even though that wasn’t the reason of doing it. When it comes to exercise I’m still in the black and white mentality especially with strength training ie if I can’t give it my all then there’s no point. I thought I was passed that but I’m not. Indeed, I was going to my gym 3 times a week in addition to running and I thought I’d be ok with missing a workout to see my friends or do social stuff once uni started again but I wasn’t. I ended up going out after my workouts but that coupled with work meant that I had zero me time and what was bound to happen happened: I burned out, was miserable, got sick for two weeks and had to rest completely.
I’ve decided to take a step back on the exercise front for now and I have to say I’m loving the evenings where the only thing I have to do is open the yogurt container and the cereal box! I’m still enjoying my running but am only going when I feel like it (like yesterday when I was so angry only a run could lift my mood!)

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32 Andrea @ pencils and pancakes November 11, 2013 at 8:18 am

I learned the hard way I had to take rest days… About a year ago at this time I read another girls blog saying that she never took rest days and I got it into my head that I should work out seven days a week as well. Shortly thereafter I injured my back, and I’m still recovering. Now I know I need to rest, but still struggle with taking a day off if it’s not ‘planned’. I aspire to be in a place where I have no anxiety revolving around food and exercise.
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33 Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food November 11, 2013 at 8:21 am

“we should be looking at it as a way to improve ourselves rather than punish ourselves”- I totally agree with that statement! I love exercising, but I also love days where I get to lounge around and watch movies. On days where I feel like working out would cause me stress rather than relieve it (i.e. I slept really badly or am really sore), that’s when I take a rest day. I usually rest 2 days a week, which is perfect for me!
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34 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles November 11, 2013 at 8:28 am

Definitely an important reminder! There’s so much pressure out there to get out and get moving every day, that the importance of rest days get overlooked. I know I’ve definitely struggled with rest days before in the past – when I first started Livefit back in the day, I actually lost sleep over the fact that for the first two weeks, you only work out 4 days a week. The thought of taking 3 rest days a week (and not doing any cardio) actually caused me a crazy amount of anxiety – definitely a red flag that my relationship with exercise wasn’t the greatest.
Even now, I don’t really love ‘unplanned’ rest days – I definitely take at least one full rest day a week (and another day with just a yoga class), but I hate waking up in the morning and realizing that I’m feeling too injured or sick to work out, and need a day off. But of course, taking rest days when I need them definitely helps prevent injury or illness from coming in the first place!
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35 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm

You could always just go for a walk with Atti on those days! Or do yoga or even clean the house. Rest days don’t mean you have to sit around all day — you can still be active without having to work out.

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36 Christine @ Gotta Eat Green November 11, 2013 at 8:46 am

Sooo I bought the David’s Tea winter collection on the weekend.. and I have had a mug in my hand ever since. Love all of them! Especially coffee cake. I’m off work today so I plan to get lots done.. let’s see if that actually happens!
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37 Cassie November 11, 2013 at 9:03 am

Great post! I like to do a little bit of exercise every day. This is a good reminder that if something comes up or I just don’t feel like it, to enjoy the day because of my healthy decision to take a break or be with someone I love! And you’re so right about being in tune enough with your body to know where the drive is coming from. If you really just want to get outside, get strong, and zen-out, then that’s awesome. If you want to check that box off your list of things to do today, then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate why you’re doing it. It’s all about hearing and listening to your body’s needs, which is not always the easiest thing for me.
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38 Liz @ Carpe Diem and Run November 11, 2013 at 9:12 am

Well. You just took the words out of my mouth. Hmmm … all I have to say is AMEN. I used to struggle with the same “I have to run every day” mentality. Thank you for posting this!
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39 Liz S. November 11, 2013 at 9:13 am

This past week, while recovering from my neck injury, taught me the importance of resting the body and balancing that with working out. BOTH are good for the body, not one or the other. I’m about 90% healed now and I know that would’ve never happened if I didn’t rest.

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40 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves November 11, 2013 at 9:31 am

I totally needed this! I used to work out every day, and if I didn’t, I would get antsy and cranky and try to change around plans to get in a workout. I’d also try to cut back on what I was eating because I thought I wasn’t burning enough calories to “deserve” the food I was hungry for. Ugh.
Now, I still have those days where I’m anxious about resting, but it has gotten so much better. Like this weekend, I took a nice full rest day on Saturday even when the rest of my family did their workouts. In the past, I would have gone completely out of my mind! We even went out to dinner Saturday night and I didn’t feel like I had to hold back anything.
Now, I workout because I am blessed to have the ability to move, I love the challenge, and I love to see improvements. However, I may need to step back on the intensity of my workouts for a while because my body isn’t quite doing what it’s supposed to as a young lady…And this is going to be really, really tough for me, but I have to keep reminding myself that exercise will be there as long as I focus on what my body truly needs first.
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41 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm

“I workout because I am blessed to have the ability to move,” <– that’s a beautiful way to look at it. And yes, a LOT of women have to cut back on exercise because it interferes with their hormones — but exercise is supposed to IMPROVE our health, not harm it.

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42 Khushboo November 11, 2013 at 9:34 am

YES, YES & YES – I LOVE this post, Amanda! Like you I used to work out to the point that I was probably doing more harm than good, both mentally and physically. Although workouts should make us feel energised, I was constantly left feeling both drained yet like I needed to up my game. Thankfully that’s a thing of the past and like you, I embrace my rest days no2..not active recovery days but full on ‘laze in bed’ days! I love to work out but I equally loving taking a time out and unsurprisingly these days have only improved the quality of my workouts overall. I’m a creature of habit so I usually take Sundays off and another day during the week.
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43 Lauren November 11, 2013 at 9:37 am

Exercise has always been my stress relief and time to myself. Often times, I would think about situations and rationalize ways to confront them or others. After a run (or any workout, really), I felt more at ease with whatever life threw at me the previous day. Now, though, I realize the damage I was doing to my body by using exercise as a way to relief stress. There are other ways to combat stress and you can’t run away (no pun intended) from everything going on in your life. After my surgeries, I definitely realize the importance and joys of taking a rest day. There is never anything wrong with one day of lounging around in pajamas, sipping coffee, and watching good ‘ole Food Network with my mom and Elmo. :) <3
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44 Allison @ Life's a Bowl November 11, 2013 at 9:40 am

I love working out, I really do. I think it’s because I grew up playing sports every day – travel, national, in school. It’s the one time that I can disconnect from the world around me and let my mind wander. That said, I appreciate rest days too. Especially when I’m sick. I don’t understand how people can continuously push themselves so hard when they’re sick. The body needs time to recover (from workouts) and rest (when sick)!
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45 Ashlee@HisnHers November 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

When I saw that picture on Instagram I was so jealous that you have SNOW and cold temps! But its going to be 27* here in Texas on Tuesday, so hallelujah! I for one thoroughly enjoy my rest days and with no guilt. It’s a wonderufl thing, isnt it?!

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46 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 4:45 pm

That’s definitely a wonderful thing! And 27 in Texas?! I didn’t think you guys got temperatures that low!

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47 Heather @fitncookies November 11, 2013 at 10:14 am

Oh my I loveeee this!! I have definitely struggled with this. I’ve mentioned it before, but my New Years Resolution was to add rest days.. kind of silly, right? I was soo bad at taking them and didn’t think I needed them. Now, I take every Sunday off (1% chance I will workout if I didn’t Saturday) and I don’t ever regret it. I now fully embrace it. People don’t realize that taking days off can be really difficult for us!!
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48 Erin @ The Almond Eater November 11, 2013 at 10:17 am

Yes!! I also used to workout 6-7 days a week and, while I enjoy working out, I very much enjoy rest days now. I think they’re so important, especially so you don’t overwork your body (which I have done in the past).
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49 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 11, 2013 at 10:29 am

Yes, yes, and YES! I’m right there with ya on my past of feeling anxiety about rest days. But now? I embrace them and feel absolutely no guilt. :) So glad you’re in that place too!
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50 Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com November 11, 2013 at 10:34 am

Rest days ROCK!
These days I do take rest days when I am tired or when I really feel I need it…or when time just doesn’t permit – funny thing this life :)
But, I do exercise to find my zen, when I am stressed or things are not going quite my way, a run or workout works wonders on my attitude and just general well being and, while there are some weeks when I feel I NEED a workout everyday, there are others when I do gladly embrace a rest day or two or three. Wasn’t always the case – but live and learn right? Gloomy, cold days like what you had are definitely not conducive to running outside at all!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend albeit the gloomy cold weather :)
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51 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Live and learn — definitely. Ohhh the things I would go back to tell my younger self, but I’m sure I wouldn’t have listened anyways.

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52 Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition November 11, 2013 at 10:42 am

I find myself craving exercise on my off days!
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53 Becky @ Olives n Wine November 11, 2013 at 10:53 am

I love exercising – mostly in the morning, because it wakes me up! No matter how tired I am, I feel SO much more awake after a bit of cardio action. It also makes me happy and gives me a feeling of accomplishment even if I do nothing else for the day. Today I want/need a rest day in bed but unfortunately that’s not happening as I’m at work…
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54 Missy November 11, 2013 at 11:05 am

It’s ineteresting you used that first image because I have been seeing so many similar ones on Instagram and to me (maybe because my background) ALL I think of is rest day anxiety and etc. and how much it sucks, whereas the people who post these things seem… kind-of proud? Maybe it is a more light-hearted feeling than the guilt and anxiety you write about here and that I have dealt with in the past….

or maybe it’s just another hazard of fitness instagrammers and blogs? IDK.
Anyway. Great post. Rest days. It’s okay.
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55 Miss Polkadot November 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Well, I have to say you dont give me the easiest time to vary the beginnings of my comments on your blog … Thank you for another great post! Or: yes, yes, yes! Oh, the dreaded rest day … Another one of those “easier said than done” things. I can’t deny I still struggle with rest days though I -do- take them. What has helped me is schedule them because I like to have a plan to follow and if the plan says “rest!” it’s easier. Maybe ridiculous but it works [most of the time]. Those unplanned, sponatenous rest days like the one you’re talking about, however? Not easy for me still. I can never shake off the thought that “somebody else wouldn’t have taken that rest day and found a way to work out in anyway”. But then again there will always be somebody somewhere doing more.
What bugs me is when I see others talk about their “active rest days” meaning they’re still attending a 90-minute Yoga class or something like that. Sorry but is that really resting? I’m not so sure.
There was a time when I exercised to eat. Or better yet: to eat and not feel [as much] regret about it. Looking back that’s obviously a sad reason to work out. Nowadays it’s because exercise is making me feel good about myself, strong, it’s relaxing, refreshes me, gets my thoughts flowing, … So yes, like you said: to improve myself. Not just physically but – mentioning the creativity boost – in general. But then again I find myself relying on exercise too much again at times like right now that I’m not working. That’s when I feel the need to exercise to have that one huge accomplishement in my day and this however makes rest days seem so so lazy. Sorry for the ramble. My relationship with exercise is way better than it used to be but I’m still a work in progress in that area, too.
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56 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I’m glad to hear that you’re doing better :) I think the blog world skews our perception of exercise because it seems like EVERYONE works out all the time, but when you really think about it, that’s a really small subset of the population. If you look around at the people around you, they’re more likely than not a LOT more relaxed about exercise and don’t follow such a strict plan. It helps to keep that in mind when you’re struggling with rest.

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57 Julia G November 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Over exercising is one of my biggest issues with my ed. I woke up at 3:30 this morning and exercised until 6:30 only to be so mentally and physically exhausted and feeling worthless. I’ve done this everyday for 4 months now as I push against all the food I am required to eat. I know that this is only prolonging my recovery and causing me to be even more miserable. Hopefully one day I can get to where you are. You are so beautiful and inspirational. I aspire to live my life in the wonderful way that you do. Thank you for sharing your story with me.

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58 Christine@munchkinmumbles November 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

You ALWAYS hit the nail on the head!
I used to be the same way. Pushing my body down to the breaking point and being hopeless to be around if I didn’t get my workout in, talk about addiction! Now I really enjoy my rest day(s). Usually I am not completely sedentary on these days. I love taking walks with the husband or friends and just chat, nothing strenuous and no pressure. Usually I save a lot of baking for these days too :D
I was actually thinking about why I exercise today while at the gym and realized my whole outlook on it has shifted over the last year. This morning I woke up thinking and feeling about accomplishing a long run and was actually getting excited about it and not dreading the “I can’t leave until I do it” voice in my head. Why did I want to? Not because I had to but because I wanted to see if I could do it (more of a personal goal). And it was so nice not to feel the overriding guilt as I ate and ENJOYED my lunch afterwards :)
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59 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl November 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I definitely need to take this to heart. I find myself doing yoga on my “rest days” a lot just because I feel guilty not doing anything…not cool :/
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60 Amy@Long Drive Journey November 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I used to go to the extreme of this – my whole life was a rest day and I never exercised. I know now that it’s because I couldn’t find a form of exercise that I liked (the gym in college didn’t offer group classes, and if I had to choose between sleeping and getting on the exercise bike, sleep would win every time). Now, I enjoy exercise, but my body absolutely won’t do it more than three days in a row. On the fourth day, she rests. It works really well for me.
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61 Laura November 11, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I love rest days! My mind typically yells at me at the time (I still struggle with that) but by the next day both my mind AND my body are thanking me. Last Saturday I had a rest day with my boy where we got tea, went back to his house and spent the next FIVE hours watching Four Weddings and Say Yes to the Dress. The best part…it was his idea!

I think rest days are more gratifying when it’s cold outside and I can just snuggle up inside with a hot beverage and a blanket. So nice!
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62 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Your guy definitely sounds like a keeper ;)

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63 Millicent November 11, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I know I will never return to a regular work out routine. I am a high strung individual and have not exercised formally in over six years and feel better for it! That’s just me though, xo

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64 Florence (@SquigglemeFloey) November 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Do you generally run every day otherwise?

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65 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Nope, I don’t have a set schedule. Sometimes I’ll run 2 days in a row, sometimes I won’t run for 3. It all depends on how much time and energy I have.

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66 Arman @ thebigmansworld November 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I actually hope you make this into abit of a thing on spoons…keep calm and…..

This is fantastic Amanda and truly inspirational- what puts me off so much are bloggers who DON’T practice what they preach- you, however are going against that- just several weeks ago you mention starting running again, nothing overtly strenuous- its easy for you to start attacking it with gusto and running everyday. Yet you are able to reflect on past behaviours and the past relationship you had exercise and see today, embrace the days when rest is calling to you.

For me, I’m working on embracing rest days in such a regard. I exercise (lifting) because I really want to build strength and nothing beats the feeling of hitting a PR!
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67 Sophie November 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I know you did used to go for a walk everyday sometimes even on the treadmill- Didn’t you ever take a rest day from that? are the feelings and rest in general more pronounced because of the intensity of the excercise? does it differ more? Just wondering- it’s great you feel good about rest now. I haven’t done any formal training in years lol- no treadmill walks or walk a day, nada so I really feel comfortable with rest days because they are just days for me lol :) xo

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68 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm

There were definitely days where I didn’t get a walk in, but I didn’t call them rest days because, like you said, they just felt like normal days. Most of my walks weren’t anything serious — just relaxing strolls.

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69 kris November 11, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I lovee rest days! I used to think I didn’t need more than one rest day a week, but then I took two rest days in a row and on that third day when I returned to my workout I felt so incredibly refreshed and ready to go. Now I try my best to just listen to how my body feels and take rest days as needed. Especially since I do different types of workouts each day (some longer, some shorter) it makes sense that some workouts take more time to recover from. It took me some time to realize that though.
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70 Kat November 11, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Oh rest….
something I have still yet to fully grab on to. I try. I really really do. But sometimes I just lose that battle. Today was supposed to be a rest day, but alas, my dumb brain won the battle and convinced me to do it anyway. My body hurt, was tired, and completely low on energy, which equaled a ridiculously lame workout. I KNEW that would happen. I KNEW my workout would suck and leave me feeling even worse than before, and yet I still made myself workout. DUMB DUMB DUMB. That being said, I’m forcing myself to rest tomorrow whether I like it or not!!
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71 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Message me if you need moral support :P

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72 Aussa Lorens November 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I love your photo with the mug and the tree through the window… Ah… I love this season!

And I must confess I don’t suffer from rest day anxiety right now. I’m totally off my game, fitness-wise. Maybe I’ll have to stick around your blog and get re-inspired ;)
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73 Jess(ica) @CookingIsMySport November 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm

This was something that I struggled with for a longlonglonglonglongLONG time. When I made up my mind that I was going to recover from my ED, I knew I would have to start eating my ‘fear foods’. I was okay with that. Not 100%, but I was okay. But the exercise thing…that was different. The thought of not working out anymore scared the sh*$ out of me, and that’s not an exaggeration. I was convinced that going longer than 2 days of exercise was unthinkable, out of the question, and just plain lazy. In the beginning of recovery, I had it worked out that it was okay not to jump through hoops just to get a workout in like I did in the worst of my ED, but if my schedule was such that I ‘could’ work out, that means that I ‘should’ work out, that I HAD to work out. There was a line that I couldn’t cross. I couldn’t ‘lose control’. I couldn’t ‘get lazy.’ I still had to be ‘responsible’ for myself.

But the truth is, those anxieties weren’t doing me any good. They just weren’t. Sure, I wasn’t as stringent as I used to be about exercise, but I was still thinking about it all day long, going back and forth in my mind having conversations and arguments with myself (“Are you gonna work out today?” “You’ll have time to workout today, so you HAVE to workout today!” “You’re gonna get fat if you go longer than 3 days without a workout!” “You still have to burn off more cals than you consume!”) Blah blah blah. Yada yada yada. That wasn’t a good enough change for me. My recovery didn’t look the way I wanted it to. I was still in Hell. I still felt like that workout I had yet to do for the day was keeping me on a leash, cracking a whip and seeing how high I would jump, while still trying to call myself “in recovery” from an ED.

Then 1 day, I got off work and went home. I had time to workout. Plenty of time, actually. But I didn’t do it. Instead, I sat down and started doing something I ACTUALLY WANTED TO DO. And it felt good. SosoSO good. I went to be thinking “Wow. Maybe I’ll do that tomorrow.” And I did. The next day, instead of working out, I spent quality time with my family- talking, laughing, having fun….something that ED had been depriving me of for over 4 years. The days passed, one after the other. I wasn’t working out. I wasn’t sweating, burning mad calories, and killing myself on a treadmill. But I was at peace- a kind of peace that I can’t even put into words. That peace was only further magnified after 14 days of not working out, when I got my period back after an absence of over 1 and 1/2 years. My body was crying out for me to keep calm and… rest, so that it could actually start functioning the way it was supposed to.

I’m still not working out right now. I have no idea when I’m going to start again. And I don’t care. But I do know that it’s never going to be under the shadow of fear, obligation or legality ever again. It’s okay to give yourself permission to just rest. You’re not being lazy. You’re not committing a crime. And nothing- NOTHING- bad is going to happen.

(sorry for the rant-like comment, but this is really close to my heart, so I wanted to share what was on my mind)

<3
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74 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm

THANK you for sharing your story, girl! It’s so incredibly motivating, and you’re right — the feel-good feeling that comes with doing what you want becomes completely addicting over time. It boggles my mind how much happiness we steal from our own lives by forcing ourselves to do the things we don’t want to do…

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75 Emily November 11, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Amen. It’s like you’re telling my life story.

xoxo
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76 Amy @ The Little Honey Bee November 11, 2013 at 5:10 pm

I love reading your perspective and I admire it greatly. I exercise because of how it makes me feel. I do hate rest days but more because I just LOVE moving. Call me crazy but I have ants in my pants. Don’t get me wrong, the occasional “lazy Sunday” is great but I love sweating.
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77 Cassie November 11, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I’m the same way, Amy. I just find this balance in my energy when I move a bit.
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78 Sarah November 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm

I have met gals at the gym that exercise every single day; some that take spinning class several days *in a row*. I have maintained myself to 4 days a week of primary exercise, the other 3 maybe light bodyweight (fitocracy can be fun to play with!). The only classes I take is on Saturday, barbell pump and spinning. The weekend is the only time when I’m at the gym two days in a row. It just doesn’t make sense to exercise to such a high consistency each day! I admit my body adapts so quickly now that I’m glad when I have sore muscles. But sometimes, no soreness is good too. I’m glad you enjoy rest days. They are good.

I started actually exercising almost three years ago. Lost a bunch of weight and trying to stay committed to good eating and responsible exercising. Recently my life has gone topsy turvy with my mother being diagnosed with dementia (either Alzheimer’s or Vascular). So the stress level has gone high with all of a sudden taking on an adult role over a woman that has tried to remain independent for 30 years now. I’ve had rough days and sometimes exercise doesn’t help. But I’ve started to go to a support group and for the first in my life, see a counselor primarily for handling stress. And overeating. Nothing like discovering that stress increases my desire to over eat. Must be why I can finish a jar of almond butter in two years.

That got rather personal for me. Thank you for letting me just say it all there!

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79 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Sometimes we just need a place to let it all out. Thank you for sharing — sending thoughts and prayers to you and your mom <3

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80 Jen @milesandblessings November 11, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Great post…..most of this sounds all too familiar to me!!! I now make myself take 1 day a week completely off. I used to be an everyday runner too….the idea of taking a day off caused me to stress out!…or I felt like I could not eat very much that day. I too realized how unhealthy this thinking was. Funny thing is now I actually usually eat more on my reast days…not sure if I am just bored or what but I do not allow myself to worry about it either :)!
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81 Elise @ 9toFit.com November 11, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Usually I avoid rest days or feel guilty when I take more than 1 a week. But sometimes I just need them because I find myself just tired and not even getting a good workout in. After a couple rest days I come back ready to go!

Rest days are just as important as the workouts
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82 Sarah @ Feeeding the Brain and Body November 11, 2013 at 6:03 pm

My attitude towards rest days are like a roller coaster. I will go through stretches when I will have no problem taking rest days and enjoy every moment of them, then I will go through stretches where they get my nerves up and make me unable to focus on anything. Since finishing another half about a month ago I’ve been taking many more rest days compared to in the past. I have this nagging feeling that I need to get back into a more intense routine. It is always a great reminder to be told rest days are ok :)
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83 Lou @ Running Through China November 11, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Think you’ve hit the nail on the head for a lot of people hey. Hard to snap out of that guilty ‘I haven’t worked out yet today’ feeling sometimes. But rest days are so important to prevent injuries hey, so when I think about my running goals and the enjoyment I get from running, then taking the rest days seems a sensible idea, especially as am prone to getting viruses and illnesses that then force me to take up to a WEEK off (actual shock and horror here for me). My problem with rest days is that I tend to overeat, I guess with the premise that I’m ‘refuelling’ my resting muscles. Oh well, I know that the next day I will be ‘back on track’ so it is all ok. Plus, if I am really ‘restless’ on a rest day, then I sometimes do some yoga, or general walking/cycling ot get places, so my body is still moving a bit. Trying to listen to my body with this one, and most days its all good. That’s all we can do hey! :) Thanks for your post, another excellent one :)

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84 Karey @ Nutty About Health November 11, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Great post girl! I think rest days are important & needed. I exercise because I’m trying to lose a bit of weight I’d put on and to try & change my physique a bit… BUT, I do make sure to always take AT LEAST one rest day/week. I think it’s important to find a balance & I think this might be a great wake-up call to some. Thanks for sharing! :)
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85 Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets November 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Rest days are almost equally important as workout days. When I hit the gym, I hit it hard because that’s just what I know and what I love. It’s a great source of stress relief for me and it also improves my sleep which again reduces my stress. I love the gym. I love the crazy adrenaline rush. I love the endorphin high.
I also love sitting on my couch or in front of a fire doing nothing more than reading a book, a blog or watching an occasional bad television program. While I work out most weekdays (at least now that I finally have a gym again), I don’t fret if I miss a day, and I almost always take weekends off. I’ve got too many other things I want to do (including lay on the couch and do nothing) to try to squeeze in some exercise. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
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86 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm

I’m still jealous over the fact that you have a -real- fireplace that crackles… my gas one is seriously lacking :(

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87 Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets November 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm

You are welcome to it anytime. All you need is a book and a bottle of wine.
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88 Maria @ Pappa Don't Preach November 11, 2013 at 6:29 pm

I’m embracing rest days more and more these days. Maybe its the change of seasons and the colder weather or maybe its because I’ve grown to listen to my body. Often, we don’t listen hard enough or push it past its boundaries. I no longer mind the “laziness” I sometimes feel. It’s great to spend a Sunday on the couch watching Christmas movies. It’s actually my favorite place to be. :)
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89 Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen November 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Amen to this post! I used to work out 6-7 days a week too and it was definitely a compulsion. I lowered it more like 5 days a week a few years ago, but I still felt a pretty strong need to work out. Then like a year and a half ago when my knee started giving me issues I started taking weeks off at a time and replacing lots of my workouts with walks – and that’s when I really felt my attachment to working out diminish. These days I work out only if I want to (which is usually 4-5 days a week), only do the workouts that I want to do, and enjoy the days where I don’t work out in their full glory. I don’t even call them rest days – they’re just normal days for me now.
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90 Angela November 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm

I remember when I used to feel anxiety over rest days. Now “rest days” are the norm – weekends involve sitting 12 hours straight studying at the library. It’s interesting how drastically we change our habits sometimes – now I feel anxiety if I use time that I could studying for exercising! lol.

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91 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables November 11, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Love this! I used to freak out over missed days or rest days, now I LOVE them!
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92 ari @ whatarisaid November 11, 2013 at 7:19 pm

I am a huge fan of rest days. Huge. In fact, I take far too many of them and have to convince myself that I don’t need 4 rest days in a row. But you deserve one so I’m glad you took one. And PS, the view out your window makes me happy.
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93 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I struggle a lot with rest. My trainer told me that after this competition I am supposed to take 2 weeks off. No gym. No lifting. I looked at hime and said “so what am I supposed to DO?” LOL!
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94 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 8:21 pm

You could always take up knitting :lol:

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95 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm

HA! I will if you do.
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96 Cassi November 11, 2013 at 8:10 pm

I hate rest days… but I love the extra time I get. I just have so much energy and anxiety it’s such a relief for me to get out of my own head for an hour or two.
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97 Tessa @ Amazing Asset November 11, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Heck yes to this! As you saw on my post from last week, I have also been embracing rest days, and more rest in general, these last few weeks and have been reaping the benefits! Not only that though, I don’t feel the insane anxiety I once used to… especially with more than one rest day per week, are you kidding me?! <– Old me. Basically I am both nodding and echoing to what you are saying here. Woot for the progress both of us continue to make :)
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98 Amie November 11, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Thank you thank you! This is such a good reminder. I have also struggled with exercise addiction and I do my best not to compare my routine to any other fitness bloggers. I often feel like my fitness routine is so minimal in comparison to others! But I know it is what my body needs right now. Love your blog- so refreshing!
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99 sarah November 11, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Y’see this is just one of the (trillion) things I miss about being a care-free kid. These ‘seemingly’ important , life altering almost, decisions didn’t exist.
Just get up , do what you want, and see where the day takes you…ride your bike, build a forte, imaginary tea party- whatever makes you HAPPY<- good way to live.

I'm so happy you've managed to find some peace and balance with this aspect of your life Amanda<3.

Xxx

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100 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 12, 2013 at 5:28 am

Those were definitely some great days. Moving for the sake of moving without having to call it exercise — and don’t forget jumping from couch to couch to keep yourself safe from the “lava” ;)

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101 Julie November 12, 2013 at 12:09 am

Same thing here. I worked out for months without a rest day until my body broke down. My heart rate was so low that I got light-headed all the time. Now I can’t/won’t really push myself as hard – it’s scary to think that my heart could just stop. I thought I would gain weight if I took a rest day.
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102 Sophia November 12, 2013 at 2:16 am

Whoop- love this natural movement movement lol- just relax, go with your body, never use excercise as punishment- love it Amanda! Just popping in again to say hello, I am staying with a friend who has good Internet access for the day! The children I work with show me the beauty and freedom of natural movement everyday! :) rest up and feel good bella. Ciao xo

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103 Jan @ sprouts n squats November 12, 2013 at 2:41 am

I now love my rest days but I used to not love them at all. I remember I would sometimes go a fortnight or more without taking a proper day off and I think it used to just make me really overtired and really didn’t get me ‘ahead’ in terms of any kind of results I was looking for.

Love this series you are doing <3
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104 charlotte purdue November 12, 2013 at 3:27 am

Hey,

I have just come across your blog and LOVE this post. I am an international 10,000m runner from Great Britain, and I have struggled with 3 stress feature injuries in the last 12 months due to doing too many miles running and not taking enough time to relax and rest. During my last stress fracture I was forced to take 13 weeks of NO exercise which was torture for me. However it was a blessing is disguise and I took the time to work on other areas in my life, I am now a qualified PT and Pilates instructor.
I am also back competing and finished 3rd in the Great South Run a few weeks ago. I am doing less miles that before but focusing on core work and other aspects. I am aiming for the European Cross Country champs this december too :)

Keep up the awesome blog’s I love reading them…
Check out my blog too…www.pocketrocketrun.com

Charlotte x

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105 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 12, 2013 at 5:30 am

I love that you called it a blessing in disguise — that’s a great way to put a positive spin on it! Good luck in all of your upcoming races :)

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106 Hollie November 12, 2013 at 5:17 am

I’m actually on my two week rest period right now. I haven’t been running at all since the marathon and have only done a few light workouts. Honestly I don’t really miss it all. Great post and it’s so important for people to realize the importance of rest days.
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107 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health November 12, 2013 at 7:50 am

i have been the similar road before and I felt bad for not working out. I do have days even now where I feel like I have to do some sort of physicial activity almost everyday. I have resorted to light walks or stretching as my free day.
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108 Danica @ It's Progression November 12, 2013 at 11:19 am

This is such a great post, Amanda!
I’m actually working on this right now. While I don’t feel like I’ve worked out too much, my body is telling me otherwise, so I’m working on doing more low-impact workouts and embracing rest days :)
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109 Shannon November 12, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Thank you for writing this post! I find myself being very similar to the way you described your exercise addiction. It’s definitely hard, but your post has helped! I need to realize that rest days are good and that I don’t have to constantly be working out!

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110 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli November 13, 2013 at 4:04 am

At the height of my calorie counting/restriction, I started getting a bit obsessive about working out…I would only allow myself one (maaaaaaaaaaybe 2) rest days a week…and then I started with the whole “active rest day” thing which was just a way for me to prove to myself that I could burn calories while cleaning the house. “Yeah! I’m gonna vacuum the whole house in 5 minutes…annnnnnd GO! Woo hoo, calorie burn!!” <- I'm honestly surprised that I never strapped on my HRM during those times. The main reason I developed that attitude WAS for the calorie burn/weight loss aspect of it, but the secondary reason was because I was afraid that if I missed a day or two (especially in a row), that I would lose all my motivation, stop going to the gym altogether, and get FAT! I'll admit, that I'm quick to get lazy…um, hello using my knee surgery as an excuse to get out of working out regularly for over SIX MONTHS! I mean, yeah, I've had pain at times and really needed the rest, but there have been a lot of times where it was just me feeling sorry for myself. I'm just glad to be finding a bit of balance now and finally feeling like I'm enjoying my workouts again. Wow…I seriously didn't even realize all that until I just sat back and read what I wrote! I don't know how you do it girl, but I swear, your posts are one of the best forms of therapy for me! Lol
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111 Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change November 13, 2013 at 9:19 am

I LOVE rest days, and I’m craving a real one where I can spend the entire day at home (end of the semester, could you please come quicker?!). Even more importantly, I’ve started to learn how important they are with my CrossFit schedule. In the past, I definitely had a little bit of exercise addiction, with 6-7 days of working out a week, and sometimes, two-a-days (DVD in the AM, cardio at the health center at night with friends). Looking back, my poor body was probably pretty tired. Sometimes, I do feel guilty, but it is rare now. I crave relaxation time, and feel like taking those rest days gives me an opportunity to honor my body. Amanda, I love post like these; they make my heart smile and make me feel like I’m in the right place. I honestly cannot wait to be regularly blogging after finals – Can. Not. Wait!
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112 Ashley @ AlmostVegGirlie November 16, 2013 at 11:30 pm

I’ve talked about rest days on my blog before, and I always admitted that I may have an exercise addiction, but I never and still haven’t done anything to address it. I take occasional rest days (like once or twice a month) only when I’m forced to, like if I’m out of the house all day or traveling and it always gives me anxiety to take a rest day. It makes me hopeful to read that others have dealt with the same feelings and found a way to make peace with exercise. I know that dreading rest days isn’t normal and it’s something I have to work towards feeling more comfortable with!
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