4 Really Good Reasons to Take a Rest Day Tomorrow

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Claire Fountain—celebrity yoga teacher, personal trainer, and wellness expert—founded #TrillYoga with her unorthodox approach to breaking stigmas and stereotypes in the yoga and wellness space. After getting into yoga for depression and anxiety, she has always been a mental health advocate beyond all her fitness endeavours. She also has an ebook series called Built and Bendy that promotes strength training, flexibility, mindfulness, and positivity-led health goals.

As a fitness professional, I’m often asked how many times I work out a week—because I must live at the gym, right? In reality, it’s a sentiment that could not be further from the truth: I’m a massive proponent of a balanced lifestyle, one that includes sleeping later when you want, taking adventures with people you love, and maintaining spontaneous space to just live. My enjoyment of rest days is something to embrace not just because they sound amazing—who doesn’t want to nap or get a massage or enjoy the day without having to think about if they will have to wash their hair again due to a sweaty workout?—but also because they are actually a key component of recovery and overall well-being. Don’t get me wrong—getting to the gym matters. Building muscle, practicing yoga, and doing other things that require you to move your body all matter too. However, rest and sleep are just as necessary, and it goes deeper than just giving muscles a break.

Keep reading to learn exactly why (and how) you should be taking frequent rest days.

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