I don’t know how old you are or the level of activity you can sustain, so this will be difficult.
First, you should always be shifting gears at the gym. Sometimes heavy, sometimes light. Different exercises. Keep things fresh, and you won’t need any time off.
If I felt worn down, I’d go in and do 50% PR for two sets, 15 reps for a couple vital exercises. Really fast, get out in about half an hour. Maybe start thinking about a new variation of my routine. Make something look exciting. Maybe a challenge.
If you can’t go to a gym… mountainbike. Ride your motorcycle. Find a pickup game for 7’s rugby. You can always sharpen your zombie or alien killing skills. Oh, forgot. Have lots of sex. That’s all I got.[/quote]
Better advice than this with respect to “layoffs” or “down-time” cannot be found.
In general, for me, a change-up of rep ranges and perceived intensity on a regular basis has removed my need for layoffs due to body or nervous system exhaustion.
Excellent response Kroby.