I am actually on the road at the moment which works out great for an active rest week. On my rest weeks, I keep my cardio to walking, the elliptical and light spinning doing my best to keep my heart rate down. Yoga too, I have come to love Soma Yoga Classes on my rest days.
-A unique and beautiful practice, a SomaYoga includes a series of slow, subtle movements to guide you toward relief for body, mind and spirit.
Each practice includes a combination of:
-Breathing techniques to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and move the body from a state of stress to a new found relaxed resilience.
-Muscle release, relaxation and balance through the use of somatic movements which focus the brain specifically on the contracted muscles and movement patterns.
-Strength and stability techniques to create more ease in the body and mind.
And onto my active rest week!
Monday: Cardio - 3-5mi run
Tuesday: Stability Circuit
Wednesday: Rest Day
Thursday: Stability Circuit
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: Rest Day
I have to admit, rest days are incredibility hard for me. When I wake up, all I want to do is go and go F***** hard! At the beginning of the program, I didn't take any rest days. In fact I ramped up my cardio or added a heavy strength day to off set the circuit training. I am sure you are shaking your head, (especially if Kenny is reading this). I got it, i got it! Rest days are important.
Both Lord Kenny and Dee warned me, and yes I should have listed. In fact, I have been listening! I've been continually getting better at listening to my body and backing off when the body says so. For me, I think the tell tale sign is the achy knees. Knock on wood, most of my injuries have been from colliding with trees on my bikes.