Rest Days. Yes or No?

Sleep to lose weight. Get Fit Doing Good!

Angela Shurina
4 min readApr 15, 2017


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My favorite legs-are-shaking HIIT workout. — Done!

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I work out every single day.

Do you brush your teeth every day?

Well, workout is like brushing your teeth, but for the body. Exercise and movement is not optional, if you want to stay healthy and fit for life, and not ready to transition to a spirit realm yet.

So is meditation for the mind.

Besides, neuroscientists proved, that working out consistently makes you a more successful human being in all areas of life, improving the executive function of your prefrontal cortex (part of your brain in charge of conscious and smart decision making and saying NO to immediate temptations in favor of long-term decisions).

Rest or no rest?

I talk a lot about importance of recovery and rest.

Without rest there are no gains.

When we train, we stress our bodies and cells, our nervous system, we tear muscle tissue — when we rest the body re-builds muscle tissue and reinforces our nervous system to withstand more stress in the future — that’s how we grow stronger and fitter. If we recover enough and properly. (Otherwise we get injures and get weaker. More exercise is not always better.)

Yes! — We need rest and recover!

No! — It doesn’t mean you have to become a couch potato for a day (or a few days a week) and do nothing!

Active rest is best!

If you know how to do it properly for your body and training.

No! — You don’t need rest days from movement.

What you need is rest from pushing yourself further, from going beyond your limits and into getting-uncomfortable zone.

Yoga can be your active rest.

Walking, riding a bike at a slow pace, rollerblading, playing Ping-Pong, dancing, playing basketball, swimming, even lifting weights can be an active rest day!

As long as what you do, doesn’t feel like a workout, like you push yourself — it’s an active rest. It should feel pleasurable and fun. And if it’s just a slow walk today — that’s active rest too.

The goal of your active rest days is to allow your body to do what it wants to do, and not letting yourself go further (it’s a challenge for dedicated-to-fitness type A personalities).

Active rest.

It’s a good time to listen to your body and reflect on your training — what makes sense and feels right to do next? Push more and set new personal records? Or take it easy for some time and let your body and nervous system grow stronger and prepare for the next challenge?

Do it once every 7–10 days.

The more intense your workouts — the more recovery and active rest you need.

The less fit you are — the less you need to push yourself to the point of breaking. Give your body and nervous system time to adjust, to grow stronger, otherwise you’ll get sicker and weaker and quit all of it.

Fitness Fun Fact of the day — sleeping less makes you fatter!

There are many reasons why it happens. One of the reasons — you feel hungrier and eat more and no willpower will save you.

Struggling with your diet and cravings?

Maybe, you just need to sleep more!

And yes, under-sleeping helps you to grow your muffin top!

Good Sleep is your six pack friend.

You don’t get healthy and stay healthy.

HEALTH is a DAILY PRACTICE. One bite at a time.

Daily Bite of Health




Angela Shurina

Brain Coach for Entrepreneurs, Leaders, Teams. 🧠𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐞: