Guest Blog – Rest Days and Why They are Important
I’d like to start off by thanking Lauren for letting me blog about my training routine and the importance of rest days. Here’s a little bit about myself before I begin.
Guest Blogger Intro
My name is Dave, I am 38 years and have served in the British Army for the past 19 and a half years. Having followed Lauren on Instagram for about 10 Months, she has asked me to blog about rest days and how important they are. Rest days are something we have both discussed over the past ten months and how we both cope mentally and physically when it comes to training routines.
Types of Training
So, as you can imagine, being in the army a lot of my training involves a lot of strength, running, equipment carries and hiking with heavy backpacks for hours on end. These exercises are just the military part of my fitness, in my private time I love CrossFit. Don’t worry I’m not going to steal any of Beth’s limelight and will my keep this blog on the subject at hand.
See our guest blog Why to try Crossfit if this has peaked your interest!
Given that I train in the military and in my own time I have a very busy schedule. On a typical week, we would do 3 Army PT sessions and a sports afternoon generally on Wednesday, so there are four sessions there before I even think about training in my own time. I tend to train outside of work in the evenings and on holidays at least five times a week (I bet there are a few of you that are thinking, dude, do you even get a rest day?), so potentially I could train 8-9 times a week which seems a ridiculous amount right? I guess it is indeed but the army side I can’t get away with, unfortunately, but I enjoy the gym in the evening as it allows me to de-stress from the day’s events.
I am sure some of you are wondering when do I fit a rest day in, well Sunday is my main rest day where I do nothing at all, Thursday I’d have to do PT at work, but I tend not to go the gym on Thursday nights, so I class that as rest day too. Why do I rest on these days? Well, they just fit into my routine, you can have a rest day whenever you want but given my job is so institutionalised these particular days work well for me.
Why do I rest?
Resting for me allows my body to recover from the training that I have done, it takes on what work it has done and relaxes my muscles setting me up for the next few days training. Rest days, for me, are also useful for the mind. It allows me to reflect on the positives and negatives of my training. The positives may involve better fitness test results and personal bests when it comes to CrossFit and weight training. The negatives would include not being able to keep up with some of the younger soldiers or where I have gone to get a PB and failed in doing so. Now some may dwell on the negatives but for me, if there is no failure then how do I improve? Don’t let the failures stop you from trying again and again; you can do it!
Why should you have rest days?
Rest days offer many benefits, less for the physical and mental benefits I mentioned above rest days also allows that extra spare time to catch up with a friend, do that job around the house you have been putting off, having a date night with your partner or even getting on the sofa to watch a film or box sets. It’s essential to escape reality once in a while. But having said that, you still need that motivation to be able to get back to training the next day. When I first started CrossFit, I would burn all over, endorphins running all around my body and when I don’t train I miss that rush, and it’s that rush that gets me back to the gym.
I hope you have found this blog informative, if you guys have any questions or want to follow me on Instagram, you’ll find me on Instagram @Davey176 where I will do my best to answer your questions.
Thanks from gymandcoca
When discussing guest blogs with friends I always want to choose a topic, we would naturally talk about. So, when Davey said he was interested in writing for gymandcocoa rest days jumped into my head automatically. When I was overtraining a few months ago, Davey picked up on it and reinforced the importance of learning to rest. On seeing one of my posts at the gym, Davey replied:
What happened to rest day?????
I think this points out two things. The main being just like in life you need cheerleaders to encourage you, but you also need friends who look out for you. Fitness friends have a special knack for knowing precisely what to say, and that is exactly why you need them!
Thank you so much to Davey, for writing this great post on rest days. I’ll be checking in on Sunday to make sure how you’re rest days going.
Also, thank you to CrossFit Northumbria for usage of their images. You can find their website and info on training with them on their website.
Contrary to popular belief you can take a rest day on a Monday, and this is why I think you should… Monday Motivation Blog