It's an individual decision, just like all other nutrition and fitness matters. We're all different. Just listen to your body - it will let you know if you are working too hard and need a day to recover. The only hard and fast rule is: don't do weight training for the same muscles 2 days in a row. After weight training, that set of muscles will need to rest and repair - that's how they get stronger. I personally think cardio every day is fine, unless your doctor says you need to take it easy for some reason.
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If you don't need any rest days, chances are that you are not really pushing your body, so your fitness is not really improving. You can't always push, but you need to push at least once or twice a week. Then you need to rest, so that your body makes the necessary adjustments to adapt to the increased intensity. That is how you get fit.
I think rest days are very important. I was only taking one rest day a week. I have 2 days a week where it's just cardio, 2 days a week just ST, and 2 days where I do both cardio and ST. I am now experierncing foot issues. I don't know if it is due to the fact that I have not taken more rest days, and have overworked my foot, as I have not been to the doctor. It is great that you are so dedicated to reaching your goals that you don't want to take a day off. I'm sure you will reach all the goals that you have set for yourself. But I don't think one day off a week is going to stop or even slow you down much. Good job!!
Rest days? Suggest that to someone who works on a dairy farm. I think there are very few people who train to the point where they need a "rest" day.
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I used to not take rest days, and I thought I was doing ok. Then one week I tried it and holy cow. The workout the day after a rest day is my FAVORITE. it's like my battery got recharged and I am just ready to go!
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I have the same problem. My family always tells me I work out to much I do weight training in the mornings and teach taekwondo in the evenings 2 classes 6 nights a week. But if I skip the morning workout I feel sluggish half the day. I know the constant breaking down muscle with no recovery can cause you to actually lose muscle and at 53 I dont need that. But it is addictive to say the least. I am new to the site but have been teaching and working out many years and have always had this problem.
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There's a difference between ACTIVE rest and sedentary rest. Resting doesn't have to mean sitting on the couch. There's nothing wrong with light exercise on your rest days if you're okay with that! That said, you DO need rest, especially if you're doing lots of high-impact, high-impact cardio and strength training during the week! This is especially critical with strength training, as it's the rest days that actually make us stronger, as our body heals from the damage we do to it lifting weights!
apparently I have an old fashioned body stuck in a modern world. So I make sure my training is intense enough that I need a day off. This is such an individual thing, the best judge of what you can and cannot do is you. Good luck on your quest
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My rest days have been consisting of yoga and walks. So is it really resting? I don't know. I think human bodies were meant to be able to do physical activity every day so I don't really worry about rest days. Except for strength training. My muscles are actually sore, so I know I need to give them a break. But I don't see any need to take a rest from walking for an hour a day.
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I think so, if only to ensure that you maintain a healthy, moderate attitude towards exercise.
I was injury prone as a child (the last time I was close to being active) so I'm pretty fanatical about my rest days. My rest days are the same even if I've slacked off through out the week. This doesn't mean I veg on the couch or in bed for the whole day, but it does mean I don't actively try to exercise.
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I struggle with this too! I'm a runner, which takes a tole on my knees if I don't take rest days so I'm incorporating yoga and strength training in on my running "rest days." I've learned to listen to my body after I was injured, when I can push it and when I just really need a whole day off.
Firstly, I think that it helps to reframe them as 'recovery' days that help your body heal and get stronger, rather than 'rest' days which might imply slackness. This allows your body to catch up on all those little repair jobs, reduces your risk of injury and ultimately helps it perform better in the longer term.
And recovery days are more important for exercise that is high impact (eg. running), high intensity, or for strength training.
Even Olympic class athletes have lighter training days, and you should too.
But I hear you on wanting to keep a routine, and a shorter, moderate workout (eg. walking) once a week or so can still rest your body, while keeping a regular 'habit' of exercise.
I don't have a scheduled rest day, but typically on Sundays I'll do a lighter workout like yoga or TurboKick. I will take a day off here and there but just as needed. I think it's a personal thing and that people should take one if they feel they need one. It's better to take a break if you're injured or tired than risk hurting yourself and being out of the game longer.
I've been wondering the same thing. My rest days usually consist of a 20-min workout or something light and fun and like yoga booty ballet...otherwise its jillian and maybe taebo. I feel sluggish/unaccomplished if I don't get a workout in.
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your body needs breaks to recover so you dont get injured
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I rarely take a rest day....exercise does so much more for me than help me lose weight! Some days I just take it easier.
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If you are not sore, and you don't feel tired, you probably don't need a rest day.
But in theory you should be needing rest days. For example, if you are doing strength training, you should feel sore the next day, otherwise you have not done it intensely enough. For cardio, if you are not doing HIIT, you won't need any rest day of course, but then your cardiovascular fitness will not be improving. If you do 2 or 3 HIIT sessions, you will want your rest day.
If you are already getting good results, there is no need to change anything (I don't try to fix anything that is not broken!). But at some point you may have to resort to HIIT and HIST, and then you will wish your rest day arrive sooner.
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This is a very individual as there are so many factors involved. Your age, current level of fitness, time you have been exercising, recovery time, intensity of the exercise, etc.
For me with running I take a 2 days off a week from running, but I will still do a nice walk or elliptical work in addition to strength training. Just remember though, that your body makes the adaptation to exercise when you are NOT exercising so if you are varying your workouts, you should be OK. However, if you begin to have sleep issues, chronic fatigue, heavy legs, moodiness, or symptoms that you have not experienced, then you may need to take some time off.
my opinion is that rest days help your body recover. it also helps so that you don't hit burn out and not want to do it at all. I have 1 day a week that I rest. It's a day I do something for fun.............like today with riding the motorcycle with Dennis.
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I just can't bring myself to take a day off from exercise. I'm doing the RevAbs workout program (the workouts are 30-60 minutes, 6 days a week), and on my "rest" day, I can't resist throwing on a Jillian Michaels or some other workout video. I hate rest days. Do I really need them, or is it okay to work out every day, as long as I'm varying my routine?
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