Keep Results Coming & Take Some Rest.
You have found your rhythm, you feel the endorphins flowing and you got that workout high. You want to keep those good vibes going and you fear taking rest is going to slow down or progress or worse, demotivate you. You have worked this hard to make fitness and exercise apart of your routine, you don't want to give it up.
I don't blame you BUT we do want to take time to listen to our body and condition it based on it's needs. The more we do that, the better our gains will be. Rest allows muscle to recover, during a workout we essentially cause muscular damage when we resistance train. To gain the full benefits of tearing those muscles, we need to allow the immune system to recover. Plus, you feel stronger at your next workout. When we give the body to rest we also prevent injury. There are many related to overuse. Therefore, if you avoid injury you can actually stay active more regularly. Injury will actually keep you away from working for any range of time. So don't sweat putting your feet up now and then.
I hear this all too often, "But my performance will suffer?" This is a myth, as takes days for this to happen. We are talking almost 2 weeks before performance will suffer from no activity. Therefore, taking the odd rest days between your consistent training days will not hurt your performance, it will improve it. The body will be ready to give you that push you want.
You mind and soul will thank you for it! Take a break gives you a mental edge. Its clear your head of tension and you can approach workouts with a fresh perspective. Finally, you can always stay active, reset the brain and give the body what it needs with other restorative practices like yoga or stretching based programs. It's a form of conditioning, as it allows the body to continue onward and upward. Rest is a balancing act, it requires listening to your body. If your too sore to walk, it may time to rest. If you have stiffness, it may be time to stretch and release it. If you feel physically ill, it may be time to catch up some sleep. Our body is only as good as the rest we give it.