If you’ve ever seen a weight trainer’s schedule, you’ll see that they often pencil in “rest” along with all their other tasks because, well, rest is not nothing. It’s important. It’s not the absence of activity, but a different kind of activity all on its own.
The body is not a closed system – energy comes in, but it also goes out again.
When it rests, your body switches over to rest and recuperation mode. It incorporates all the changes you’ve experienced throughout that day, mentally and physically, and prepares you for more the next day.
Skimp on proper, deep rest and you’re missing out on a vital part of developing and maintaining a strong and healthy body. Of course, I’m hoping here it goes without saying that “proper, deep rest” generally doesn’t include Netflix marathons on the couch and some quality time with a bucket of chicken wings.
Today, take some time to rest. But make it focused, mindful rest: journal a little to track your progress, take a stroll through nature, meditate or read a calming book.