In the fitness world, rest days are kind of a big thing. Everyone has their own feelings on how many and what they should consist of (does yoga count? do you have to sit on your butt all day?). Today, I want to talk about my own feelings on them.

I never plan rest days. I’ll go right out and say it. I tend to be a little overambitious/overexcited about my workouts that I plan for the week, but I know this about myself. (For example, any gym workout I make for myself almost never gets completed because I quickly realize it would take me like 2 hours to do everything…oops.)

I don’t plan rest days but they happen. They happen when I need them, be it because I’m feeling tired, like I need a break, or because something else fun comes up and I simply don’t have time.

Since I like my workouts, if I really don’t feel like doing them, it usually means I’m ready to rest. For example, today I was planning on going to Crossfit or spin, but neither really sounded that great to me, and getting there/back/showering was a logistical nightmare with my touristy things I’m doing today, and it’s been a bit of time since I’ve had a full rest day, so that’s that! I listen to how I’m feeling to decide on rest days.

Since I’ve abandoned you guys a bit lately, I’m not going to go photo dump crazy, and will focus on the highlights.

I ran out of time to make banana custard over the weekend, so during the week, I’ve been whipping up a quick microwave version where I just pour some stuff in a bowl and hope it doesn’t overflow in the microwave. Delicious with some sunflower seed butter!

Another food highlight was a giant veggie-filled lunch. I had the typical green bean salad, plus a crazy amount of cumin roasted cauliflower. It was a monster amount because I couldn’t find any bags/tupperware to put the extra in so I had a whole thing of it. It was great.



Last night, I went out with a friend to a barbecue place, and then a pie place. We got adorable little corn muffins with delicious honey butter, and then for my meal I had BBQ chicken.

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In terms of pie, I had apple sour cream, and it was delicious-especially the crumble topping!



The real event of the night though was doing the monuments in the dark. They were just amazing. I am going to truly miss this place.



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Although I don’t think anything beats the monuments at 5am when no one is there!

On the plus side, I get to see my kitties in just a few short days!

What is your view on rest days?

3 comments on “Why I Don’t Plan Rest Days

  1. Elsie @ Sharing Healthiness

    Don’t they look completely different and magical at night? I feel like lighting can do wonders on everything and for those monuments they just shine, shine, shine!!
    I am quite opposite on rest days but just because that is just the way I have to schedule them. I know I need at least a rest day per week but if I want to match my schedule with my friends’ or family’s schedule I have to always have it a specific day. They know I am free that day and if I switch it up it messes their plans too. If I am really tired one day I will do a lower impact workout or a shorter timed workout. I like exercising so for me one rest day is enough.
    By the way the crumble part is always the best!

    1. astottler Post author

      They were amazing! Yeah, I think I tend to have a more regimented schedule when I have to work around friends/family schedule too!

  2. Matt @ Runner Savvy

    I don’t plan rest days since I rarely take them 🙂 I cross train after long run days though.

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