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30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge Day 7: Rest Day Is the BEST Day

author image Deborah Day
Deborah Day is a lifestyle and entertainment writer and editor. Former editor in chief of and executive editor of, she has been published on,,, and other media sites, as well as in Maxim, Interview and Time Out NY magazines.
30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge Day 7: Rest Day Is the BEST Day
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Congratulations! You’re moving full steam ahead on your fitness journey. You’ve been eating clean and tracking your progress. You’re checking your macros and hydrating like a champ. But even champions know that it’s necessary to take a break. They’re called rest days.

Rest days are an important part of your transformation. Give yourself at least one rest day every week to allow your body to repair and help prevent injury. The more you push your body to handle more strenuous physical activity, the more you need a rest day.

However, don’t embrace your former couch-potato side and translate "rest day" as a full day of lying around the house. Consider your rest day as a day without the challenge of strenuous exercise — not a day without any physical activity at all. You want the benefit of circulation to deliver nutrients to your tissues, and movement enhances circulation. Lounging on the couch for 12 hours does not.

Here Are Some Ideas for Enjoying a Rest Day

  • Walk It Out: Take a nice, leisurely stroll around the neighborhood
  • Park It: Clock some quality time enjoying the beauty of a local park
  • Stretch: Lengthen and loosen your muscles
  • Get Zen: Indulge in some yoga or tai chi to center your mind and spirit
  • Foam Home: Put your foam roller to good use while enjoying some TV

You’re doing great, but give yourself a break — knowing that you’ll be back in your regular groove tomorrow, ready to crush it all over again!

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