It’s the end of week 1 of the December Movement Challenge and it’s time to take down the intensity. Rest days are just as important at the work days. Rest days give your body a chance to rebuild and recover. Breaking down the muscle is step one for gaining strength and endurance, step two is allowing those muscles to rest in order to get stronger and more efficient. Today we will do what is referred to as active rest. Very low intensity, no strain today.

Main deal: 30 – 45 minutes of low aerobic work. Go for a bike ride, go for a walk with the family, go for a very slow jog (if you are a runner), swim (if you can find an open pool, good luck!), etc. Just move for the whole time.

Health tip: if you go for a walk, try to only breathe through your nose. Intranasal breathing can promote immune function and improve lung capacity. See how long you can go by only breathing through your nose. It’s tougher than it sounds.

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