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Exercising on a rest day. Ideas on staying active on a rest day.

For those hardcore exercise enthusiasts, the word “rest” can be just as daunting as the word “exercise” is for everyone else. And while it is important for gym-goers of all skill levels to take these “recovery” days throughout the week or month, it does not mean you need to completely shut down in front of a TV, binge watching your favorite Netflix show.

Check out these 10 things you can do to stay active (mentally and/or physically) on your rest days: 

1. Go for a swim

Whether you do it competitively or just recreationally, swimming is one of the best and safest forms of exercise. Like running, it increases your heart rate, but is low impact, lowering the chances for injury. It is a great way to stretch those sore muscles while you recover while also burning calories and building endurance. Just 30 minutes in the pool will help your mind, body and soul.

2. Do your chores

Stay with me on this one. Our whole lives we have cringed at the word “chore” as it generally denotes a task we do not want to participate in. But what if you knew you were losing hundreds of calories in the process? Just an hour of mowing the lawn can result in burning more than 400 calories.

3. Prepare your food for the week

Now while this task may not result in hundreds of calories burned, it will help keep you on track with your fitness and weight loss goals!

4. Go for a walk

The distance and time will be different for each skill level, but it is just important to keep moving. This is something you can do with a significant other, dog, or even solo to help clear your thoughts. And for those who would be tempted to take this to another level, the key word is “walk.”

5. Do Yoga

Yoga can be intimidating for anyone who has never tried it, but after completing your first session, you’ll be hooked. It helps with muscle recovery, flexibility and stress relief.

6. Take a dance class

Whether it is ballroom, hip hop, or salsa, dancing is a fun and productive form of cardio. This is also a great way to step out of your comfort zone and meet new people. Check out your local dance studio, senior center, colleges, etc. for class options.

7. Go to a museum

This is a great way to break a mental sweat while recovering. Every city has a least one if not several types of museums. And many of them are free!

8. Go to a park (local, state, national)

From hiking, to mountain climbing, to kayaking, there are hundreds of ways to take advantage of the endless beauty found in our country’s local, state and national parks.

9. Teach your kids, or yourself, something new

Whether it be a new sport, an instrument, or how to build a model airplane, it is never a bad idea to learn.

10. Play video games (active ones)

Now we are not talking about old-school video games like Pong or Pac-Man. In recent years, game systems like the Nintendo Wii, X-Box and Playstation have created active style games which require users to get up and move. This a great way to spend time as a family while burning serious calories!

Now the “rest” is up to you!

My House Fitness offers numerous programs to help you earn that rest day! Contact us to learn more about how we can help you achieve your health and fitness goals.