Do you ever find yourself on a Friday afternoon wondering whether or not you'll go to the gym over the weekend?
With fitness being such a regular part of our routine, it can be challenging to take two days off, whether to rest or because we're traveling or because we simply want to enjoy the weekend. Even still, we consistently find ourselves jumping between team weekend workouts and team weekend recovery.
Weekends can be a great time to get a longer workout in, especially when training for something like a marathon or summer fitness event. Without work or other weekly obligations, weekends can be the ideal time to train; the gym is also a lot less crowded.
But weekends are also necessary to recover from the week, especially when work has been hard or we've had lots of activities with the kids. When Saturday and Sunday roll around, it's normal to want to sleep in, rest a bit, catch up on our favorite Netflix shows, or get outside and enjoy the fresh air.
The reality is, you don't really have to choose. If you'll remember, one of the essential tenants to living a balanced, healthy lifestyle is to listen to your body and to care for it, whatever it needs. Some weekends, your body may need extra rest, so it's a great idea to catch up on sleep or do some low-key activities you love.
Because there will also be weekends when you'll want to push your fitness limits. Maybe you'll spend a few hours training in the gym, or maybe you'll hike a Colorado 14er. Those weekends will be equally rewarding too, as long as you train because you want to and allocate enough time for recovery and rest.
So should you rest or work out on the weekend? It's ultimately up to you. There's no right or wrong answer here.