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LEXAPAIGE
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2/13/13 1:44 P

Thanks for the help! I do strength train. I run and then do my weights. Actually I was doing strictly strength training for a few weeks and one day I decided to try c25k and I got addicted. I'm going to take today off. emoticon



DRAGONCHILDE
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2/13/13 1:22 P

Yes, you really do have to take a rest day. Preferably more than one! Rest days are when your body recovers and heals, and gets stronger. For example, strength training doesn't make you stronger... it's the rest days BETWEEN strength training that makes you stronger!

I know it's a pain, but it really does make a difference. You should always take rest days, and skipping them is a great way to increase your risk of injury!

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 2/13/2013 (13:22)


KRISTEN_SAYS
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2/13/13 1:20 P

Running everyday is not recommended, especially if you're just starting out. Your body needs time to recover, and over training can do more harm than good. You can still do some form of activity on your rest days - you don't have to take a break from exercising altogether, but I would advice against running everyday.

From Road Runners Club of America:
"Take a day off when needed. Beginners should NOT run every day. Every other day (three or four runs a week) is plenty. A day off gives muscles a chance to rest, and encourages runners to try other activities to keep their program varied and interesting."

www.rrca.org/runners/getting-started/



LUCKYNUMBER23
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2/13/13 1:18 P

I wouldn't run everyday. It is very hard on your joints. I do exercise everyday, but I change my workout from running, biking, ellipitical, strength training and stair climbing.



JENMC14
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2/13/13 1:13 P

Your body needs recovery time. It can be active recovery, with aless intense workout, but you need to give your body a break or you may burn out. Is all you're doing running? You definitelyn eed to add strength training to the mix. I'd add it in at least two days a week and maybe ditch a day of running.



LEXAPAIGE
Posts: 42
2/13/13 1:00 P

I just started running and I absolutely love it! I don't want to stop! Wednesdays and Saturdays are supposed to be my days off, but for the past 2 weeks I've been working out anyways. Should I take a break, or am I fine missing rest days.



 
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