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The Importance of Rest Days

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 LIVESTRONG.COM Challenge Facebook Group to get daily tips, encouragement and motivation!

How to Sign Up for the STRONGER Challenge

1. Join our LIVESTRONG.COM Challenge Facebook Group to get daily tips, encouragement and motivation!

2. Print out the STRONGER Challenge workout calendar and hang it somewhere where you'll be sure to see it every day.

Your 8-week STRONGER Challenge calendar.
Your 8-week STRONGER Challenge calendar. Photo Credit: Gracie Wilson/LIVESTRONG.COM

3. Do the workouts with us, cross them off the calendar and post about it in the Facebook group. We're cheering for you!

Readers — Are you joining us in the 8-week STRONGER Challenge? What do you think of the STRONGER workouts? 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 LIVESTRONG.COM Challenge Group on Facebook? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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