I work out 6 days a week and have 1 off day. I believe you have to have an off day to help your muscles recover and give your body time to rest and recoup. I like to switch up my workouts so I don't get bored and lately I have been doing a hybrid of Insanity and running. These are both very high impact workouts and doing them 6 days a week can take a toll on your body. Sidenote: Did you know that muscles actually get stronger in the recovery period following the workout rather than the workout itself? Recovery is so key and sometimes you can over-train! Too much of a good thing CAN be bad! It's important to take time to focus on your recovery. Now does this mean doing absolutely nothing? No, of course not! You can have what I like to call ACTIVE-rest days...so I'm still going to do some yoga, stretching, and walking outside with the Biscuit and of course, I won't miss out on my nutrient packed daily dose of Shakeology.
If you're working out 5 days or more a week, it it something to think about taking a rest period. I would only suggest this to people who are working out regularly and 5 days or more a week. If you're only getting in 2-3 days a week working out, your body does not need that rest period as you're already getting it. How often do you take a rest period? Only once or twice a year is best for most people. If you're just jumping back into fitness, there's no need to take a rest period yet and you don't want to lose your momentum and motivation.
(please keep in mind I'm not a professional or training for anything in particular so this is just MY personal opinion and will vary from person to person)
Now this does not mean you wake up on a Monday morning late and say ok this is going to be my rest period?NO! The key to it is PLANNING!! PLAN your rest period. My husband has actually been encouraging me for some time to take a rest week so I'm taking him up on it! I've planned to take one week off my workouts and to get outside, still be active but just giving my body time to rebuild, strengthen, and rejuvenate! REST IS GOOD! DOWN TIME IS GOOD! Remember ya'll.....it's all about moderation! :-)
Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bread
Ok so this is the best, quickest, oh-my-bananas-are-almost-rotten-but-i-don't-want-to-trash-them recipe!
For a lot of my recipes I usually use the pictures from where I find the recipes and every now and then I'll use my own but I'm the worst photographer and well I only use my phone so.....
This is how I'd really like the banana bread to look but if you're anything like me, here's how it'll realistically turn out. :-)
- Cooking spray
- 1 heaping cup mashed banana
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or skim, coconut, etc.)
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 c semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9-inch loaf pan with nonstick organic cooking spray.
- In large bowl combine mashed banana, applesauce, honey, egg, almond milk and vanilla until well combined and creamy. In separate medium bowl whisk together whole wheat flour, oats, chocolate chips, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined (don’t overmix!).
- Pour into prepared loaf pan, sprinkle oats over top (if desired), and bake for 60-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean with a few crumbs attached.
- Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool completely. Cut into 12 slices and enjoy! Keep bread tightly wrapped to maintain moisture.
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