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Why You Should Take a Rest Day

Why Rest Days Really Matter

Our Better-Butt Challenge has 21 days of workouts to help you take your butt from flat to full. In the end, you'll have a tighter, stronger backside. Be sure to check back tomorrow when we share the next workout of this three-week plan.

You've been working out hard since kicking off this challenge, and today is all about practicing some restorative self-care. No, this doesn't mean you should go for a quick run or sweat-inducing yoga class with friends. It means you should take the day off and rest, because it will support your journey to a better booty — and there's nothing lazy about it. Taking rest gives your body the chance to rebuild and strengthen your muscles and prevent injury that could take you out of commission for the rest of the challenge.

Today's your chance. Take a long hot bath with the special salts you've been saving for a special occasion. Dig into the book that's been staring you down on your bedside table. Cook up a special healthy dinner for a loved one while sipping on a nice glass of red wine. Treat yourself to the gift of recovery and relaxation. You've earned it. Then, get ready to gear up for whatever tomorrow's challenge will bring.

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