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When you exercise for mental health, taking rest days is hard

Friday, 29 January 2016

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I have my gym bag with me at work today, with running kit in it, but I can’t decide if I’m running at lunchtime or not. I want to, and I’m not too sore from Crossfit but at the back of my mind I think that maybe I could/should do with a rest day.

Somehow I’ve found so many fun things to do that I don’t actually have a single day anymore when I don’t do anything. My lightest days are Saturday and Sunday when I just boulder and swim, although sometimes on Sundays I run as well.

This week, for example, I ran 17km on Sunday, did Crossfit on Monday and Tuesday, ran a fast 10km on Wednesday and did Crossfit on Thursday. Now it’s Friday and I have a tiny bit of a sore throat and I’m thinking that maybe it’s a bit insane to exercise every single day.

Or maybe not? I mean I sit in the office all day long so why would a 6km run at lunchtime today be insane? (other than I would do 6kms of fast intervals ;)

I can’t decide. I don’t know what’s normal anymore but then again I don’t know whether I even want to be normal. I know that I feel really grumpy when I don’t exercise every day but could something that’s great for my mind be bad for my body i.e. could I be overdoing it a bit?

No freaking idea.

Are total rest days actually necessary? Am I insane to consider a 40min bouldering session day or a 1.5k swim day ‘active recovery’ days?

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  • Tess @ FitBits Sunday, 31 January 2016 at 18:03

    I know how you feel, totally not enough days in the week for all the fun stuff I wanna do! Think if you can though, at least one rest day will really help – it’s only then that your muscles repair and rebuild, so might as well give them a chance :)

  • Suzanne Saturday, 30 January 2016 at 18:49

    What would you rather – rest or be forced to recuperate from an injury? I bet you probably ran though! (I would!)

  • a reader Friday, 29 January 2016 at 10:41

    Rest days are important. Go for a walk instead of running !

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