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DEANNA0725 SparkPoints: (22,611)
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11/2/13 7:20 A

I usually take one day a week off because I have a night class. I usually run 5 days a week and walk the other day.

GARDNSONGSTRESS SparkPoints: (26,281)
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11/1/13 5:29 P

Sound advice, Jessaelinn. I am probably overthinking this. Thanks for the reply.

GARDNSONGSTRESS SparkPoints: (26,281)
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11/1/13 5:25 P

Thanks for the reply, Lotus737. I usually "run" (3.6 mph) three days a week for 50 minutes with a warm up and cool down to even it out to an hour, work out to a Dancing With The Stars exercise dvd most nights, try to do some strength training on days I don't run and I like finding new videos to try of varying things, mostly cardio.

Dedicating a day to yoga would probably be a good idea for me, I do spend a lot of time stretching but it's usually part of a cool down. I think I will do that tomorrow.

I'm using the fitness tracker here to track my calories, to me it seems pretty accurate. Before I signed up here I was just making sure I got sweaty twice a day, it seems to be working. I feel great, I'm feeling a little achy and rolling baseballs around the wall with my back to loosen up tight spots but I would expect that to be normal for a 53 year old just starting to exercise regularly. My energy and mood is through the roof!

Thanks for your comments, they really helped me a lot!

JESSAELINN SparkPoints: (22,119)
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11/1/13 2:01 P

It's good to be consistent, but it's good to take days off sometimes. It's all about balance, there's good in both. But I am jpretty sure you can dig up a good article on resting as well. Keep your mind open to both ideas and listen to your body when you question wether you should take a rest day or not.

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11/1/13 1:50 P

A day 'off' doesn't necessarily mean no activity- while you can certainly have days where you do nothing, you can also do a lighter workout- yoga or walking, for example. What kind of exercise do you usually do? I do try to take one day off from working out- I use the elliptical for anywhere from 18-26 miles/week and strength train about twice a week. A few months in I was just exhausted and my muscles were tired- so I took a couple days off. My rule is no more than 2 days off in a row (unless there's some other injury at play) so I don't fall off my wagon!

Finally, my last question is how you're tracking your calories burned- the reason I bring it up is because it sounds like an awful lot of exercise! I use a heart rate monitor, which is more accurate than the estimates elsewhere, and enter it in manually- I find it helps me stay on track with the deficits I want to maintain for each day!

Ultimately it depends on whether you feel like you're overdoing it- are you tired and achy all the time? How's your energy and mood? If you feel good you're probably ok!

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11/1/13 9:22 A

I just joined up about a week ago but actually began exercising (and my version of dieting) the beginning of September. So far, so good, I've lost 5 pounds. But I eat and exercise a lot and as I'm reading the articles here at SP I'm realizing that 2 hours of exercise, every day, may let me eat 2,000 calories a day but isn't really a good thing. So I have exercised every day for the past two months and was thinking about just taking tomorrow off, then I ran across this from my SparkCoach this morning:

Imagine looking back on your calendar and realizing that you've exercised every day for an entire month. How does it make you feel to stay so consistent with a healthy habit? In what areas of your life could you work on building consistency?

Now I'm just confused. I want to feel good about my consistency and motivation but I'm also getting the distinct impression that I'm over doing it and won't be able to keep up this pace. Would exercising morning one day, then evening the next be enough of a break for my body? That's what I've been doing so far but I know I have a habit of sabotaging myself so I'd love other opinions.

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