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The Importance of Rest Days

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author image Jess Barron
Jess Barron is head of editorial at LIVESTRONG.COM.She has appeared on MSNBC's "The Most," ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio. Barron's writing has appeared on Wired.com, Yahoo! and Poprocks.com.
The Importance of Rest Days
Give your body a little R and R — you earned it! Photo Credit jacoblund/iStock/Getty Images

Hallelujah for rest days! If you've worked hard the rest of the week doing your STRONGER workouts, your rest day is well deserved. But there's an art to doing rest days right. Here's Nicky Holender, creator of and trainer for LIVESTRONG.COM's STRONGER workout series, with a little message for your day off.

Like Nicky says, it's super important to give your body a chance to rest and recover after hitting your workouts hard during the rest of the week. Even though it seems like all the work and results come from the intensity of your workouts, your body actually uses your rest time to get stronger.

So what's your rest day going to look like? Will you go for a hike with friends? Take your dog for an extra-long walk? Stroll along the beach with your kids? Go for a bike ride with your significant other? Or maybe do some gentle yoga, stretching or foam rolling.

Just take it easy! But keep in mind that health eating doesn't take time off. Sure, you can enjoy your indulgences every once in a while, but don't go overboard.

And make sure you join our STRONGER Challenge Facebook Group to get daily tips, encouragement and motivation!

How to Sign Up for STRONGER and the FREE Meal Plan

1. If you’re not already a registered MyPlate user, go here to sign up for STRONGER. Once you sign up, log in to MyPlate and click on the Workouts tab to access each day’s workout, and click on the Track tab to view the meal plan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and to track what you actually ate.

2. If you are already a registered MyPlate user, log in to MyPlate and make sure you are using the ALL-NEW version of MyPlate. If you are using the old version, you will see a banner that looks like this:

This banner indicates that you are using the old version of MyPlate.
This banner indicates that you are using the old version of MyPlate. Photo Credit LIVESTRONG.COM

Click on it to go to the new MyPlate. Then click on the Workouts tab. On the right-hand side of the page, you should see a box that says “Join STRONGER Now.”

Select the start date and then check the boxes to receive the meal plan and the daily STRONGER emails. Then you press the “Join STRONGER” button.

After that, click the Workouts tab to access each day’s workout, and click on the Track tab to view the meal plan for breakfast, lunch and dinner and to track what you actually ate.

When you click on the Track tab, the meal plan will look like this:

Record your daily meals using the Track tab.
Record your daily meals using the Track tab. Photo Credit LIVESTRONG.COM

To view the full recipes in MyPlate, just click on the food name, such as Zucchini Veggie Burger.

Join our STRONGER Challenge Facebook Group to get daily tips, encouragement and motivation!

Readers – Are you joining us in the 8-week STRONGER Challenge? What do you think of the STRONGER workouts and the meal plan? Are you having any trouble accessing and using them? Have you ever done a fitness challenge group before? How did it go for you? Have you joined our STRONGER Challenge Group on Facebook? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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