The age-old questions. Do you take a rest day? How many rest days do you take? What do you do on rest days? Do you still do cardio? Should I take a rest day? Okay seriously, enough. Everyone is different. If you want to take a rest day, take one. If you’re still not sure, here are some guidelines.
Bottom line, if you feel you need to take a rest day, take one. The most important thing here is to listen to your body. The general rule is not to over train your muscles. So for example, if you trained legs on Monday and they’re sore on Tuesday, don’t train legs on Tuesday. If they’re still sore on Wednesday, don’t train legs on Wednesday. If they’re fine on Thursday, then you can train them again. (I’m not saying you have to train legs twice a week, this all depends on your personal split/training intensity or preferences). You can train another muscle group on Tuesday and Wednesday and repeat those on the other days of the week. It doesn’t mean you have to take an entire day off the gym just because your legs hurt.
I prefer not to take rest days, purely for the simple fact that going to the gym is literally the best part of my day. The only reasons why I would take a rest day is if I just don’t have the time to go to the gym on that day or if every part of my body was sore. On the days that my body is just too sore, I still try do something active. I either do HIIT or I just go for a walk or something, just so I’m moving. Light physical activity on a rest day can help boost your mood, health and your body’s ability to maintain your fitness levels. Yoga is also a great idea as this will help stretch out any sore muscles!
At the end of the day, I think it comes down to personal preference. If you want to take a rest day, take one. If you don’t want one, don’t take one. Just be careful not to push yourself too hard or put too much stress on your body. <3