Sometimes days off really do help our bodies recover and come back at 110%
I decided to take an impromptu drop week during Hurricane Sandy because, well, I had to. Nobody had power for like a week so nothing was open. The day both of my gyms opened back up, I practically flew to the gym expecting that I would be suffering my first day back...instead I went to one gym, had an epic 45 minute lifting session where I lifted heavier than I ever did and then went to my other gym for a 1 hour spin class. I felt like I had boundless energy! Haha!
Right now I find rest days important. I never lift heavy two days in row and I make sure I get at least one day a week where I don't exercise other than walking. I find I do the best this way and I don't get tired or too sore to move
I really felt the effects of not having a rest day this weekend! I decided to make Friday a lifting day in anticipation of the blizzard on Saturday. The gym was closed on Saturday, so I was glad to get my lifting in...but what I forgot about was that WE GOT A LOT OF SNOW AND I HAD TO SHOVEL IT. It was wet, heavy, snow, and after having a really heavy lifting session the day before, my arms were not up to shoveling all of that snow.