A lot of people feel like they have to "earn" rest. From sticking with soccer practice because "winners never quit", to working through unpaid parental leave, life has taught us to work harder. Many feel guilty when they miss a workout. Some of us feel guilty if we sit down on the couch to catch our breath for 5 minutes. Such motivation and commitment are admirable. However, rest and rest days are an important element, not only to workout programs, but to maintaining a healthy balance in our lives. Just as you shouldn’t train the same muscle groups heavy two days in a row to avoid overtraining, it’s not a good idea to go weeks without giving your entire body a rest.