The Question Of Rest Days

I recently worked out seven days in a row at my local barre studio. And that got me thinking about today’s post: the question of rest days.

This is never something that I do. I aim for five to six workouts a week, and I definitely need at least one day off. There’s such a thing as overdoing it.

But that particular week, I was just in the mood to exercise every single day. I can’t really describe it any other way. That made me wonder… how many rest days are important? How much working out is too much? Do we ever really know?

Rest days are super crucial to living a healthy lifestyle. Your body and muscles need time to recover, and you want to make sure that you’re not becoming addicted to exercise and that you’re still living your life.

How did I feel when I did seven barre classes in seven days? Totally fine. I didn’t get overtired. I didn’t feel sick. I didn’t get sick, either. That being said, I wouldn’t do that again, and I don’t recommend overexercising. I still think one to two rest days are key every single week. But it was some food (or squatting and cardio and lunging?) for thought.

What do you think about rest days? How often do you work out every week?

Aya Tsintziras is a food blogger at She posts gluten-free, dairy-free and mostly sugar-free recipes, lifestyle and pop culture stories on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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  1. You raise such a good point! Balance of it all is great!

  2. Thanks Allie! It can be tough to figure out balance and it’s so personal!

  3. I’m not “formally” working out currently, only going on a lot of walks to keep from feeling restless. 🙂 But I think that if you feel good enough to exercise without a rest day sometimes, then that’s totally okay! As long as you’re listening to your body and acting accordingly, I don’t think that rest days need to happen X number of days per week or only on certain days. There’s a lot of flexibility!

    1. You’re so right Claire! Being flexible is such a good thing. I’m so glad you’re having such a good break and your walks sound lovely 🙂

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