This is a day where you throw caution to the wind to your normal regime and allow yourself to cheat with your diet and exercise.
More and more experts believe that taking a leave from your daily routine is even better for you to keep you in good shape and mind in the long run.
So how do we take this health-cation and why do it?
Recovery – If your workout schedule includes lots of intense cardio or weight training, a rest day gives your muscles a chance to recover and recuperate, preparing your body for another week of workouts. Go for a massage, or treat yourself to a sauna.
Treat Yourself – Indulging with a sweet treat, a couple of glasses of wine (pints in my case J ), or your favourite meal here and there isn’t going to throw you off the wellness wagon.
In fact factoring in cheat days into your lifestyle keep you from feeling deprived and give you something to look forward to.
Go Wild and All Out– Some people even go for a full on blow session once a week – mostly Saturdays.
They like to gorge on all of their vices one day a week so that the other six days they don’t even miss them.
Some experts believe that by dramatically spiking your caloric intake, you can increase fat loss by ensuring your body’s metabolic rate is kept fired up.
This is the same principle I talked about in my post about keeping the body moving.
But only have this full blow day if you want to, don’t feel you have to.
If one day of total indulgence is too much for you, have some cake and eat it too.
R & R – Sleeping in and staying in your pj’s once a week is good for the mind, body and soul. I can’t stress enough on how important sleep is.
Alternatively you can try going to bed earlier on a Friday and Saturday and awake feeling refreshed.
That may be a better option if the weather like this is to continue!
So yes go ahead and schedule in a cheat day if you want.
Who says keeping fit was tough eh?!