SRT have talked about this on FB and I wanted to bring it here, too.
Well, I'll be the first to admit that I don't have to schedule a rest day.
I don't think there is a "one size fits all" answer. I think it depends on the person and how hard they are working the rest of the week/month/year and how they feel. Certainly most people will be fine taking a walk around the neighborhood 7 days a week, but on the other hand someone whose legs feel like lead when she walks up the stairs to go to bed at night needs to rest more, even if she's already taking a rest day or a light day.
What concerns me more than "standardizing" rest days is just the implied resistance to resting inherent in your question. I think that anyone who
I agree with Jen, here.
My "rest day" means that I am not going through extra effort to get exercise, like going to class or running but I do move throughout the day. I will go walk at the zoo all day, for instance, and still consider it to be a rest day.
I also have a "total rest day" before a long race (1/2 marathon or marathon) which usually involves actually putting my feet up a bit in the afternoon.
I don't agree that discussing something means you're worried about overdoing it.
My marathon training plan had me run 2 miles the day before the marathon, nice, slow, easy. It seemed like a waste of time to get dressed for that but I did it, in the rain. The worst thing was, it wasn't a good run for me, as short as the distance was.