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Tips on how to take rest days?

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Anna LaSusa · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jun 2018 · Points: 5

Hey guys,

This is something I really struggle with myself and I’m guessing a lot of you do as well. Going from sending hard and feeling on top of the world to then forcing yourself to dial it back because your body is screaming out in need of a rest day flat out sucks. I’ve tried compensating with other activities like running or biking on days that I don’t climb but I push myself so far with those that it’s not really an active rest day at all, just another training day. I realize this isn’t conducive to a good training regimen but on those days where I do cut all activity I feel like my body is so off that I can’t even properly relax because I get antsy.

If any of you guys have tips on how to properly rest up send em’ this way because I could use them right about now

andrew.reed · · Louisville, KY · Joined Oct 2014 · Points: 35

Pick up fly fishing 

Dylan B. · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 521
andrew.reed wrote: Pick up fly fishing 

This. Spend the day on the water, but not whitewater. Swim if it’s hot, do some lake paddling and fishing. You’ll be out, active but it’ll be peaceful and calming.

Phil Lauffen · · Innsbruck, AT · Joined Jun 2008 · Points: 2,740

Find a job? Sitting and typing on a computer is quite 'restful'.

Buck Rio · · MN · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 0

Don't worry, as you get older the pain and soreness will dictate your activities for you.
I had a very hard (for me) workout yesterday, legs and back, and today I had trouble bending over to put on my socks. My ass is so tight I had trouble sitting on the hard benches of the train coming into work   

I know about the crawling out of your skin from inactivity, a long walk or hike is probably enough to take care of them.  If you live in Boulder, there is a ton of places to hike, do that.

Ted Pinson · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 195

Ha I would disagree with that Phil...nothing more draining than stressful or boring jobs.  Most pro trainers seem to advocate for “active recovery” days, so lying prone for 24 hours isn’t the answer.  Moderate aerobic exercise is a good idea, but like you said, it’s easy to push it too far, which is counterproductive.  Have you tried using a heart rate monitor?  The key seems to be to stay in the lipolytic zone (nose breathing, still able to carry on a conversation but breaking a mild sweat), which will keep your muscles warm and blood pumping without getting you sore.

Phil Lauffen · · Innsbruck, AT · Joined Jun 2008 · Points: 2,740
Ted Pinson wrote: Ha I would disagree with that Phil...nothing more draining than stressful or boring jobs.
That's the wrong type of job then ;)

When I was on an extended climbing trip in Europe, I began teaching myself software development on the rest days. It ended up being very beneficial. If you can't sit still long enough, do more downers.
Ted Pinson · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 195

That’s very different.  Exploring something you are genuinely interested in is not the same as doing “work” for another person, which was what I pictured from your original response.  Most people I know who sit at a computer all day for work don’t exactly describe it as “restful.”

mediocre · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 0
andrew.reed wrote: Pick up fly fishing 

This helps you relax and it makes your wallet super light weight. 

curt86iroc · · Lakewood, CO · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 53


Mark E Dixon · · Sprezzatura, Someday · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 579

There are some great scrambles in the Flatirons.

The right core exercises can be low impact for rest days.

Same with stretching. Although I believe that works better if done daily. 

Lee Harris · · Cleveland, TN · Joined Feb 2009 · Points: 30

I like to drink too much, and then be too hungover to exercise the next day. Everyone is different though.

Lin Robinson · · Albuquerque, NM · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 30


Brian ~+~+~+ · · Oceanside · Joined Aug 2017 · Points: 0

b o n g r i p s

John Wilder · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2004 · Points: 1,535
Lin Robinson wrote: Netflix

This + Hulu.

Rest days are for RESTING.

Active rest days can be great, but a true rest day is just that.
Lena chita · · OH · Joined Mar 2011 · Points: 746

One day you will get old, and then it would be harder to push yourself to go hard on the climbing days, but the rest days won't be a problem at all!
(Or so I've been told...)   

Ted Pinson · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 195
Lin Robinson wrote: Netflix

And chill?  Not sure if that counts as “resting.”

Mike McNeil · · Spearfish, South Dakota · Joined Feb 2007 · Points: 1,540

Climbing is a rest day from work.

Noah Yetter · · Lakewood, CO · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 105


curt86iroc · · Lakewood, CO · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 53
Noah Yetter wrote: Walk.


that's a pantera joke...
Nick Goldsmith · · Pomfret VT · Joined Aug 2009 · Points: 440

If its been a huge summit day or big alpine climb I opt for laundry, library and swimming day.  other rest days usually involve hikeing and swimming. hike to that lake and swim.  4 to 6 miles is a about perfect for me but not enough for Isa. My worst rest day was 16 miles. did 12k one time in sandals on a rest day... cold water is good for the aching bones....

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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