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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Insanity Workout Review Week 5 and Workout Rest Week Ideas


The two most glorious words ever spoken when one is doing an intense workout program like Insanity are REST WEEK.

However, don’t think we got off too easily. This may depress those who were looking forward to getting some extra sleep during this “off” week, but we still had to get up every day and do an easier, though still pretty active workout.

The rest work workout for Insanity is around 35 minutes long, and does make you sweat and stretch a little bit, but is much less intense than the normal workouts. While it was somewhat repetitive to do the same workout 6 days straight, it wasn’t bad. We enjoyed the routine of it, and knew that it was only going to be for this week only.

I like the idea of doing something during the rest week. It takes a long time to create a workout habit, and very little time to break that habit. So, still utilizing that time you carve out for something active is very helpful to maintain a “routine”.

So, even if you want complete rest during your workout respite, I would encourage you to do SOMETHING during that time you have carved out.


Active ideas during rest week:

  1. Brisk walks or easy bike rides.
  2. Playing on the playground with your kids.
  3. Play a sport you used to have time for: tennis, basketball, swimming…something.
  4. Take a week of dance lessons with your loved one.
  5. Plan an active vacation when you know you will have a rest week: skiing, hiking, etc.

Inactive ideas during rest week:

  1. Read workout magazines and websites to give you ideas.
  2. Write a  new, intense workout program
  3. Create a spreadsheet to keep track of your workout progress and body measurements.
  4. Surf the internet for healthy recipes to spice up your menu.
  5. Actually do some cooking of healthy entrees and items you can freeze and pop in the microwave for healthy “on-the-go” meals
  6. Get caught up on my blog, of course! Also, research for other blogs that will help motivate you to healthy living.
  7. Start a blog of your own! Help motivate others by chronicling your progress toward your fitness goals. Then, always include a link to this blog: criticaltransformation.blogspot.com (hint hint J)

Use the comment section below to leave others your ideas for ways to fill those workout minutes during rest week, and Happy Resting!
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