I am a full-time wife and Mom with 2 part-time jobs. I am constantly on the go with a ‘to-do’ list a mile long. I try to schedule runs and walks into my week and I attempt to do some workout videos when I can.
Sometimes… I am guilty of forgetting the importance of REST days.
Rest days are 100% necessary! Without getting scientific, it is important to at least remember that rest days give our bodies a chance to repair, rebuild and recharge. Without rest days, we might also risk weakening our immune system.
Between work, the holidays and winter break I had so many things that I wanted and needed to do. My #1 priority being quality time with my kids.
We had an incredible first week of break. We walked and hiked each day. We were hunting for and hiding painted rocks. It was such a blast. Our youngest even told me on Friday night that it was “The most funnest time I remember in a while.” My heart melted. We excitedly planned our calendar for the following week and…
One child was sick Christmas day. Napping all day, not eating and well… we won’t go into detail.
The next morning, he was fine and one of his brothers was down and out. We then learned, he has pneumonia. A first for our family. If all of this wasn’t enough to open my eyes to our need for some rest, I don’t think anything will.
We canceled our plans and have designated our days as pajama/get healthy days… a.k.a. Rest Days.
We are still eating healthy, but per doctors orders, we are getting fresh air (reading out on the patio), napping and drinking plenty of fluids. I have no doubt next week will be tough when I get back into my running. I prefer my Rest Days to be 1 and done during the week, but the health of my family trumps my running schedule every single time.
Listen to Your Body. Plan Rest Days. Pay Attention.
From our home to yours, I wish you ALL a healthy entrance into 2017. May the coming year be your best one yet!