There is rest; and there is excuse. For the most part, what the modern person considers light activity is rest. What the modern person considers modest activity is still rest. What the modern person considers high activity is probably still rest.
Let me paint a rest day - Yesterday, I slept in until almost 5am. I did cardio and reviewed clients notes. My wife made breakfast, we cleaned around the house, and my kids did basic lessons for 20 minutes. We all played some games and then got ready for the day. We took them to the gym to play in the Kids Club so we could get a “light” workout before their gymnastics classes at another facility. After their classes, we went home for lunch, and some down time. My wife did food and dishes. I changed all the bedding. The kids played games and rode bikes. I started some more laundry. My wife rested. I took a nap. Afterward, we partied. My son and I did an 8 mile bike ride around one of the lakes. When we got back, I picked up groceries while my wife began dinner. Everyone got showered, had dinner, did dishes, put away laundry, flossed and brushed, and cuddled on the couch watching some shows. We got the kids into bed. We hung out for a bit. Rotated more laundry.
That’s rest. I’m 100 percent recovered. What people do in the developing world where they walk 10 miles to find water may not even be a high activity day for them. Don’t delude yourself. Fat cells don’t take an off day. And cell waste and lymph don’t move themselves. Muscle contraction is indispensable.
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