Are You Making Time for a Little R&R?

By Heather Irwin, MS, RD, LDN

Are you exercising today? Is today a rest day? Do you feel guilty for taking a rest day?

Some people feel that they need to exercise every day to meet their goals… but this is NOT true.

Rest days are a very important part of your health journey because they help prevent fatigue, help with muscle recovery, reduce risk of injury, and increase athletic performance.

If you prefer to keep your body moving on rest days, that is great too. But think of things like yoga, or an easy bike ride or walk.

If you are unsure, here are a few things that may indicate you need a rest day:

Sore Muscles

It’s normal to feel sore after a workout but it’s time for a break if you notice consistent soreness.


I’m not talking about feeling tired and not feeling like working out. More of an extreme exhaustion where you can’t do anything else.


Muscle or joint pain that won’t go away, this could be a sign of overuse.

Emotional Changes

Are you starting to feel burnt out? This can lead to hormonal imbalances and cause mood swings or irritability.

Sleep Issues

Lack of sleep could lead to injury when you are training.

Heather Irwin, MS, RD, LDN
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