You may be wondering, ‘Jeanna, why are you making a post about how to be active on a rest day, isn’t that contradicting the purpose of a rest day?’ – no, it’s not. 

A rest day does not mean sitting on the couch, binge watching your favourite series with unlimited amounts of treats scattered around you, a rest day means giving yourself a break from your usual workout routines and allowing your body to recover accordingly. It is essential in giving your body the break it needs, inability to do so will increase the chance and eventually lead to injuries, fatigued muscles and can hinder your progress. 

Photo’s by Grant Kenchington for Ford South Africa

Walking

Walking is a great way to release some endorphins and get the body going on an ‘off’ day. Grab you mum, pup and a cup of coffee and take a stroll along the beachfront. It’s also a great way to get the blood flowing and helps get rid of built up lactic acid from the hardcore week in the gym. 

Hiking

OBVIOUSLY I would put hiking in this blog post. Who doesn’t love a good old hike along the mountain? Name one person! It’s a great way to get the heart rate up, look at the views of your city and spend some quality time with family and friends. I definitely don’t do enough hikes but when I get the chance, I absolutely adore it and what’s so great about this is that hiking has other benefits besides just physical one’s, if you go with a small crowd out of peak time, it is a really great way to be mindful and take in your surroundings, reflect on the week just passed and what’s to come for the week ahead. 

Photo’s by Grant Kenchington for Ford South Africa

Doing new and exciting activities

Planning and organizing activities that  you wouldn’t normally such as going SUPing, Kayaking, heck even paragliding! It’s a great way to get up and out the door and something a little different from the normal everyday routine – even if it’s to get out and play a game of tennis and catch up with an old friend.

Markets

I’m a sucker for a good Saturday or Sunday morning market. The local music, authentic food, homemade projects – there are so many things to look at that by the end of the market you’ve probably been walking around and browsing for a good few hours, much deserving of a good glass of wine to end off the day!

Photo’s by Grant Kenchington for Ford South Africa
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