No-Excuses Workout Challenge: It’s a Rest Day

Best news ever! If you want to get stronger| you have to rest. Your muscles need time to repair themselves ¡ª this is when the strengthening actually happens. Part of our No-Excuses Workout Challenge is taking a little time off to give your body a chance to recuperate and recharge. But your recovery will be faster if you keep active. Really! Get your blood flowing to help feed your weary muscles| and take yourself for a 20-minute stroll| then give your muscles some TLC. Here’s our simple prescription for making the most of your rest day.

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A weekly massage would be great for your body but not so great for your wallet. Instead| invest in a foam roller for some DIY muscle relief. Rolling out smooths knotted muscles and primes tight spots for stretching. Here are three resources to kick off your massage session.

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After walking and rolling| lengthen tight muscles with some stretching. Pick one or two stretches for each body part| and hold your stretches for 30 seconds each.

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