Hi from Aruba!! Isaac and I are here with his brother… having an absolute blast! Since I knew I’d be busy vacationing I lined up a couple posts for you all. The first is from my dear friend Moni of Monica Nelson Fitness. She’s a celebrity trainer out of LA and just plain awesome. If you’ve been reading for a while you’ll remember her as she’s been on EBF before (namely here and here). I simply love her positive outlook and knowledgable advice. Today she’s talking about a key piece that is missing from most of our lives – true rest.
Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise” ~Benjamin Franklin
I have been a celebrity trainer, health coach and nutritional expert for a very long time. I have seen a lot, worked with all kind of stories and learned so much in all my years in my field. I also have been an accomplished athlete myself. I want to share something that I have witnessed that many people have in common. It is actually something people are missing. You might be missing it too. It is just one simple thing we are completely missing in our weekly routine that is so important for our all around health and wellness.
Want to know what I am talking about? It is a four letter word that starts with “R.” Any guess? The secret and the four letter word is: REST. Sounds easy enough right? I can promise you one thing. Hardly anyone takes good old-fashioned “REST” seriously!
You would think something that sounds so easy as “rest” would be happening all the time. Americans have a reputation as being lazy. But rest is hardly on anyone’s “to-do” list. Rest can be many things as I will explain below. It’s hard to rest with all that we have to get done in a day. I am talking about our careers, family, socializing and now that instant “must be online” mentality. Please don’t beat yourself up tough if you can really relate. We all have been here.
Today I really want to discuss how important rest days are for your workout routine but I also would like to discuss the importance of “all around” rest in general.
Some Facts to Understand:
Busted! Practicing rest effortlessly!
There Are 2 Types Of Rest to Understand: Active and Passive.
Now ask yourself how many days like “passive rest” do you have in your life? Exactly. Mostly likely – not one.
Rest is the most under looked and pushed to the side aspect of working out and living a healthy lifestyle. Rest helps Rejuvenate, Recover, Restore. Rest helps
Balance, Heal, and Slow the Aging Process, <— ahhh, do I have your attention now?
The easiest thing we can do in this day and age is over do it. Just look around. Everyone is over doing everything. Over eating, over shopping, over consuming, overthinking and over doing it!
Tips to Get That Proper Rest: The Prescription.
Find a hammock, call in a massage, get out the foam roller, practice restorative yoga or catch up on your favorite reading. Also make sure you are trying your best to get the proper amount of sleep.
So there you have it. I hope you found this helpful and informative. Hopefully you can find the time to fit in that much needed rest day. These tips have not only helped myself but continue to really help my clients and why they get such great results too.
I would love to hear from you on what are your favorite ways to stay balanced and restful are. See you in the hammock (or a beach chair).
Monica Nelson is a celebrity trainer, chef, accomplished athlete, model and much loved health and fitness expert based in LA. She inspires her clients to look and feel their best with her life motto: Eat Well. Stay Fit. Feel Great.
One of her greatest passions is cooking and the talented Moni loves to whip up healthy and decadent meals for her readers to enjoy. On any given day you can find her training her clients, being creative in the kitchen, at the beach, out for a bike ride with her husband or catching big air on her snowboard. Make friends with Moni on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Grab a recipe or two at monimeals.com before you head over for a quick workout at monicanelsonfitness.com.
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