To tell me to “take it easy”, “tone it down a notch”, “kick up your feet”, or “relax” goes in one ear and out the other. I do not perch my ears for any kinds of rest in any aspect of my life. In fact, this is probably the most times in the history of me that I’ve written rest or words associated with rest in a paragraph.
But alas, it is important and vital for all living things. (Unless you’re a hummingbird, then I have no explanation!)
Since I’m training for a bikini competition, hopefully sometime towards the middle-end of this year, I have decided the R.E.S.T. is absolutely necessary.
I don’t need to permanently injure myself for the rest of my life especially when I’ve only lived out 1/4 of it. I’d like to still do several things that involve healthy joints, sweating, and push-ups. (Yes, push-ups!)
I’ve compiled a simple acrostic poem that’s most likely easier said than done, but I’m willing to take on the challenge!
I have been accustomed to taking only 1 rest day off per week and my body is sounding the alarm telling me it’s not enough. I’m burning too much oil in my reserve and it’s beginning to take an incredible toll on my energy, creativity, and performance.
I’ve decided to amp it up a notch and take 2 or 3 rest days and see how my body takes that prescription.
I’ll include reading, eucalyptus oil, selenium, and turmeric to help boost my brain and muscle power on these days off. (Eucalyptus oil is excellent for inducing a calm and soothing state!)
In a world where doing 100 mph both on and off the conventional highway is perceived as the bare minimum, sometimes you need to take the road less traveled in order to restore your mental and physical equilibrium to YOUR maximum.
It is certainly more than OKAY to take a rest day.
What is your take on rest days? Do you fear them or embrace them? How many do you take?
Peace, love, and R.E.S.T!