WHY YOU NEED A REST DAY & 3 IDEAS FOR ACTIVE REST

Have you taken a rest day this week? If not, I encourage you to take one today. Rather than share a workout with you, I would love it if you join me in taking a day off from the hustle of your normal workout. I’m sharing 3 of my favorite ways to enjoy an active rest day below, but first a little story.

rest day WHY YOU NEED A REST DAY

Without going into too much detail to the point I start whining, I tweaked my glute medius. It happened 2 weeks ago, on a Wednesday. I caught a quick workout at my parent’s house before I did a gym class for my siblings. When I came up out of a burpee, on my way to a lunge jump, I felt this sharp, stinging pain in my lower back/glute on the right side. Yes, ironic that I hurt it doing a burpee.

In my normal fashion, I brushed it off and went down for another burpee, but felt the same sting, yet proceeded to just finish the workout. I figured I could fix it myself. I foam rolled, I used my TP balls, I stretched, I did yoga. But it didn’t get better. And for two days over the last two weeks, I’ve limped out of the gym after teaching two classes it hurt so much.

Now, any other person might have gotten it checked out when it didn’t get better after a few days. Maybe even after a week. Especially if said person needs to use their legs to instruct and train people for their job. Not being able to go perform a lunge presents some obstacles, no?

On Wednesday, I tried a short workout, hoping it might help (hey, I was willing to try anything), but it honestly just made it worse (did you just say, ‘Duh, Jen!’ in your head? It’s okay if you did.) My husband and I went on a walk when I got home and I asked him what he thought I could do  to fix it.  He said, ‘You know what you need? Rest and Relaxation.’ I told him, ‘Babe, I haven’t done any big workouts since Saturday, except the one from this morning and just light yoga this week.’ Can you guess what he said in response?

REST AND REL-LAX-ATION!!’

Fine.

He called his chiropractor in town and I have an appointment this morning at 9. So, hopefully I can report on Monday that I’m all fixed up.

REST DAYS

Do you take them? Do you know why they are important?

There was a point in my fitness journey when I didn’t understand the importance of rest. After reading that story, maybe you think I still don’t. But rest days are essential to build into your fitness journey, for a number of reasons.

For one, you body needs a break from the constant hustle of every day life. If your life is a busy stressful one, and then you spend countless hours in the gym each week working out, chances are, you are tired. Give the body a break.

When you workout, you are breaking down/tearing your muscles. Those muscles need rest time in order to repair and make you stronger. Taking no rest messes with this process.

Working out is a form a stress. The body cannot differentiate between ‘good’ stress and ‘not good’ stress. It just knows it’s stress. Cortisol is our stress hormone. Increased belly fat is a characteristic of high levels of cortisol. So, if you are working non-stop AND working out, that belly fat is not going to disappear with all those crunches you are doing (more on that topic later).

Plus, taking rest days can help prevent injury…and help heal injury. Cough, cough, Jen.

ACTIVE REST & 3 IDEAS

I like to approach rest days two different ways:

  1. Non Active Rest: These rest days do not include any big activity other than walking. I make it a point to relax over a book, tv show or blogs, remembering to take a few walk breaks throughout the day.
  2. Active Rest: These rest days include some type of low impact activity. I usually steer clear of the gym, unless I decide to take a yoga class. Outside activities are my favorite and allow me to get a little extra vitamin D, as well.

My top 3 favorite active rest day activities include:

WALKING (HIKING)

active-rest-day-activity We live right on the water and I love nothing more than taking walks on the bridge and around town. Walking is such an underrated form of activity! I do love to hike, but there aren’t a ton of places close by. However, we try to make it a point to go someplace every few months.

BIKING

active-rest-day-activity The Boy and I haven’t been biking as much lately (mostly because he has something going on with his eye and can’t see during any physical activity), but I love the feeling of flying through the air on my bike.

YOGA

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This week was filled with yoga and it was wonderful. I’ve been thinking about getting certified as an instructor and this week was confirmation that I definitely want to pursue that in the next year or two. Such a great way to release, relax and connect with your body.


The weekend is the PERFECT time to take a non-active/active rest day. Especially if you have nice weather, get outside and move a bit.

Busy weekend for me as I’m prepping for my new nutrition clients. Be sure to sign up if you are interested, programs start on Tuesday!

And, exciting news, I’m going to a cycling clinic on Sunday so I can finally teach cycling! Check Insta for pictures!

Finally, linking up with the fabulous Jill today!

Do you take rest days? What are you doing this weekend? Are you as stubborn as me about the doctor?

– Jen.

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#LoveBulu: Bulu Box REVIEW

Disclaimer: I was sent a Bulu Box in exchange for an honest review, through my partnership with Fit Approach. As always, all opinions are my own!

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BULU BOX REVIEW & DISCOUNT CODE

First off, orange is my favorite color and apparently, so are the folks over at Bulu Box. I love it. Second, I think you are going to want to try out this awesome subscription service.

What is Bulu Box?

Great first question, guys. Bulu Box (taken straight from the website), is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Nice, right?
Every month, Bulu Box will send you 4-5 samples of awesome products, from the top brands, for you to try out and sample, before you buy a full size.

I love this idea, because there are so many new products I want to try, but I’m not always sure I will like them. Getting to try a small sample is the perfect way for me to test it out. Then, if I decide I like it, I can even order the full size product from the Bulu Box website.

For example, I received a sample from Mediterra. They create sweet and savory bars. There was a sun-dried tomato bar in my box and as much as I tried to enjoy it, I just couldn’t.

bulu_box_review_items How much does it cost?

A subscription to Bulu Box is only $10/mo. There is free shipping on each box. Subscribers can cancel or pause service at any time. Plus, if you sign up for a full year, you will get 1 month FREE!

If you choose to purchase a full size product, you receive free shipping on orders over $50.

One of the perks is the reward system, which can help you earn money to use on your orders!

What types of things are sent each month?

When you sign up for Bulu Box, you have the option to fill out a user profile and receive points (more on points below). It’s a pretty quick 10-12 question survey that allows you to answer questions on your current nutrition and health needs/goals. You can see a few sample questions below.

bulu_box_review_survey The user profile, in my opinion, is completely necessary, in order to try products that fit your dietary needs. For instance, I received 2 packets of Quest Protein Powder. Whey Protein products and I are usually not friends, so I wasn’t able to try it in a full shake. However, I did use it to make some protein bars for The Hubs and I have a peanut butter + jelly smoothie in the works. The good thing for me is that if I were to ever get anything my stomach didn’t like, he would eat it.

Tell us more about these rewards.

So, for every 10 reward points you accumulate, you will receive $1. You can earn points a few different ways (check out all the ways to earn here):

  • When you sign-up for month-to-month, you earn 50 points for each $10 box.
  • Receive 20 points by completing the User Survey.
  • Earn 50 points for each friend you invite that signs up.
  • Get 10 points for every sample survey you complete – there will be at least 4 each month.

Between the points you earn with each box and the other opportunities, you are getting at least $10 back each month. You can redeem the points on full-size products only. So, if there is an item you love in your box, you can put your points towards that item. If you wait it out and accumulate enough points, you can get a substantial amount off the full-size product (you can’t redeem points for more than the total amount of purchase).

What are the subscription options?

Bulu Box offers month-to-month, 3, 6, or 12 month subscription options. Again, if you sign up for a full year, you will get your first month free. You can also use the discount code below to earn 50% off a 3 month subscription!

Did you like your Box? Are you going to join Bulu Box?

If I’m being honest, I didn’t love the products I received in my box. My anti-itch cream did come in handy after getting a few mosquito bites! However, after learning more about Bulu and seeing the products they offer on the site, I will likely sign up for a 3 month subscription and try it out.

I have a feeling once I fill out the User Survey, I’ll receive products that are more catered to my dietary needs. And I think I’ll discover some awesome new products to share with you guys.

Can we get in on this?

I’m so glad you asked. If you are interested in trying out Bulu Box, you can receive 50% off a 3-month subscription by using the discount code ‘SWEATPINK’.

bulu-box-review-discount-code Make sure to check out the Bulu Box website to check out all their awesome products!

Have you ever tried Bulu Box?

– Jen.

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