There's no question that exercise is vital to our mental and physical well-being. But as fitness becomes less about the 6 a.m. treadmill workout and more about the evening restorative yoga session, it's become clear that taking days off from strenuous exercise—ideally one or two every week—is exceedingly important when it comes to longevity. In other words, if you want to play outside with your grandchildren in your 70s, show your joints some love now by taking a load off a few times a week.
But what should you actually be doing on rest days? Are they designated days to sit on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and a new Netflix series, or should you find a way to move, just less intensely?
Here's what the experts have to say.