It is important to incorporate some rest into your training plan. This will give your muscles a chance to build and repair and will also help to prevent over-training and injury.
However, this rest does not have to mean sitting on the sofa and doing nothing at all.
Steady state sessions are gentle active recovery training sessions that can put some miles on your legs, relieve some lactic acid and let you enjoy some exercise without pushing your body to the limits.
A steady state walk, run or bike ride should be at a constant pace and involve exercising aerobically, which means at a pace that you can easily withhold a conversation.
I often call these “anything is better than nothing” sessions and it is all about just getting out and doing something – so enjoy this one!