The above question "What can I do on rest days"? is often asked by people just starting out on their running journey having got off the couch.
Well the answer is pretty much anything you fancy, however if you are new to exercise don't try climbing Mount Everest (just yet)
The 'Rest Days' simply mean refrain from running, this gives your leg muscles a chance to repair and recover from the previous day's run.
Now the common well known exercises would be cycling, swimming, walking (uses the legs muscles yes but in a different way).
But why not try 'thinking out of the box' join a Zumba class, Pilates, yoga. Do you have a gym close by, perhaps join it, many offer the first month at a reduced rate for a trial period. So give it a try you might find weights are your thing, Cross trainer, Spinning class. Body Pump, Step class. Rowing. Gym's aren't for everyone I know so if you don't have an exercise DVD borrow one, or go on You Tube, there are loads of options out there these days.
I hope my suggestions and this post will be of help to some of the many new members, don't go mad and over do it though. I'm just aware that many people by the time they get to about week 3 are chapping at the bit, wanting to do more but don't know what to do.
I love nothing better than listening to my running music while in the garage and doing a 20 minutes workout with my weighted hula hoop
Happy running everyone