Whether they're based on lifting, running, or something else entirely, most workout plans only require hard efforts a couple days a week, and designate the others for something mysterious labelled "rest." But that doesn't mean you have to spend all day on the couch.
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Instead of goofing off, plan your rest days so they benefit you. As Steve Kamb writes at Nerd Fitness:
Whether it's scheduling one of the activities below at the same time you normally train every day, or deliberately adding a morning mobility/stretching routine to your day, doing SOMETHING every day is a great way to remind ourselves "I am changing my life and I exercise daily."
Besides mobility, you can use that time for yoga, walking, or doing something fun like a leisurely swim or bike ride, or playing a pick-up sport.
He also suggests running intervals, which isn't exactly rest — but running and lifting on different days can be a good way to work both into your schedule. Visit the link below for more options for rest-day activities.
What Should I Do on My Off Days? [Nerd Fitness]