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LOSER05 SparkPoints: (456,386)
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12/25/12 8:30 A


REDQT2 SparkPoints: (43,928)
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12/25/12 7:57 A

I have to have at least one rest day a week or I feel run down.

KELLYPAQ Posts: 644
12/25/12 6:05 A

I like to do something every day. I used to spend a lot of time arguing with myself as to whether today I would workout or tomorrow. There were many times that one day off lead to weeks and weeks of nothing. Now I know that there will be something every day. It may be a full blown session at the gym, time on my elliptical or a few laps around the mall, but I am moving every day.

THEIS58 SparkPoints: (154,728)
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12/25/12 5:45 A

Either a rest day or a day with a moderate walk each week.

CRAZY_KAT_1984 SparkPoints: (35,404)
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12/25/12 2:50 A


FEMMEFATALE11 SparkPoints: (69,922)
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12/25/12 2:24 A


DAKOTA50 Posts: 909
12/21/12 6:29 P

yes, 1-2 days a week

MOTHERBOARDER SparkPoints: (266,985)
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12/21/12 10:40 A

3x wk

BBXWANTSXJAM SparkPoints: (11,806)
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12/21/12 5:38 A

Yes once a week. I noticed if I dont, my calfs get really sore =(

LILLEAN Posts: 884
12/20/12 6:24 P

yes at least once a week twice for the most

SINAED SparkPoints: (15,107)
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12/20/12 5:00 P

i take rest days.....If u do and intense work out u need at least 24hours for your muscles to recover and repair themselves. that doesn't mean u cant do a walk the next day or perhaps some swimming just not another intense work out session.

VRS8440 Posts: 4,016
12/20/12 4:58 P


FOXMOON Posts: 822
12/20/12 3:53 P

I have been working out lately 4x a week. I am on a M/Tu/Th/F schedule, and sometimes I'll add in a day on the weekend for hiking if the weather is nice. I am so used to working out immediately when I get home from work that it is now like second nature!

When I started working out, it was motivating for me to lay my workout clothes & shoes out in the morning before I left for my job so I would get home and see them. No out-of-sight, out-of-mind with that. After so many years, I just ended up getting used to it.

Rest days are necessary for me not usually because I want to take one, but because I have to because I end up being so sore!

ROMEOSMOM27 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/20/12 2:43 P


NEEDHELPLOSING SparkPoints: (10,385)
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12/20/12 2:24 P

1 day a week usually Sunday but sometimes i mix it up.

DOUGLYE Posts: 1,541
12/20/12 11:54 A

emoticon Absolutely

N16351D Posts: 2,349
12/20/12 11:44 A

I alternate activties and use different muscle groups so I don't need a rest day. Instead, I take a "choice day" where I allow myself to read, sleep, walk, jog/run, bike, swim, dance or whatever I feel like doing. It is usually Sunday afternoons.

SAILSCALL SparkPoints: (59,836)
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12/19/12 7:39 P

If I don't my body feels stiff and run down. It needs a break once in awhile.

12/19/12 6:53 P

I hate rest days. I feel SO guilty for taking rest days. My body usually needs on once every 6 weeks or so. Otherwise, I run,in the mornings before I go to work, 7 days a weeks and do different fittness DVD's: Jillian Michaels, Insanity or P90x after I get home from work.

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (205,129)
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12/19/12 6:31 P

I take too many rest days. Goal for 2013 is to get back on track!

ADIOSALL Posts: 5,197
12/19/12 5:23 P

I do active recovery on my 1 rest day - right now a 10 minute cardio video (Day 1 of the 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge) on Sunday. I used to have 2 rest days on Saturday and Sunday when I did nothing. 2 days turned into 3, 3 into 4, 4 into... 2 months. I can't afford to take non-active rest days anymore. And I don't want to. The more I work out, the more I want to work out!

KAIDAKANTRI SparkPoints: (1,529)
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12/19/12 4:42 P

I kind of take rest days, but not really. On my "rest days" I will do a light walk or some yoga.

HENDRIX881 SparkPoints: (18,125)
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12/19/12 8:16 A

I take Sunday off most weeks. I try to give it all I have all week and then rest on Sunday. I believe your body appreciates it.

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12/19/12 8:12 A

I think it really depends on the type of exercise you do and the intensity of your sessions. I call the weekends my rest days because I run every weekday morning and lift 2-3 times a week.

But in the beginning, I insisted on "active rest" to keep the momentum of my workout plan. Usually that simply meant taking a long walk or hike (at least 45 min, but at whatever pace I liked). Basically my idea is to move gently on my rest days and to rarely have an inactive day.

BERRY4 SparkPoints: (257,499)
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12/18/12 6:51 P

definitely! -- It really does benefit my body in terms of a break from active or intense exercise. But that doesn't mean I can't take an afternoon / evening walk w/ dh.

SAKS20111 SparkPoints: (18,208)
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12/18/12 5:44 P

yes. normally sunday.

ROMEOSMOM27 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/18/12 10:49 A

Yes my body let's me know when tom sit down. emoticon

CSROBERTSON621 SparkPoints: (185,844)
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12/17/12 9:46 P

Yes, but I always walk at least two miles (to-from work -- don't ususally rest on weekends), even on rest days. The "rest" is from strength training and intense cardio.

MNNICE Posts: 16,991
12/17/12 6:35 P

Yes - sometimes they are planned and sometimes not.

12/17/12 5:44 P

I'm experimenting with just this thing, about taking rest days. In the goal setting information on spark coach - and on the articles they recommend - they definitely recommend a rest day. Today is day one of my second week - and so far it's been a rest day. I've exercise heavily all week, and yesterday did my first strength training of the week. Very sore by late afternoon the good kind of sore I used to feel when I've done serious weight training before.

I am going to do some yoga/stretching in a few minutes - looked at the video library for a yoga video but nothing really - that's ok, I know what to do. I've been worried that if I didn't take a rest day, I would burn out. Now, I'm looking forward to going to the gym tomorrow for a good cardio work out, so that feels really good, exactly how that's supposed to work.

I will report in again, to see how the rest of the week goes. But so far, this rest day feels like the right thing.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,933)
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12/17/12 6:50 A

Only when they come up, like I'm really busy that day or when I go to my inlaws for the day. I try to workout every day though. I maybe take a break 1x a week or 1x biweekly.

ELLI20 Posts: 4,467
12/17/12 12:18 A

very few

SLIMINDOWN31 SparkPoints: (30,032)
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12/16/12 11:16 P


SARAHANN01 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/16/12 9:00 P

I definitely take rest days. I have one scheduled rest day a week, but if I feel like I really need it I will take an additional one. The way that I make sure I get back going the next day is by making a schedule. All my workouts for the week are scheduled. I know what workout I am doing on what days and at what times. For me if it's scheduled like that and I have a plan then I know I'll do it.

OTTOLOVE Posts: 247
12/16/12 8:46 P

yes! We are not robots!

SAKS20111 SparkPoints: (18,208)
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12/16/12 8:37 P


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12/15/12 8:39 P


ROMEOSMOM27 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/15/12 8:03 P

No, my rest day is sunday but I still do some type of physical active with my Yorkie.

TULAA3 Posts: 308
12/15/12 6:52 P

I absolutely need days off (especially if you're doing any sort of strength training, many of your muscles need a day off to recover). I find that if I have a break, by Monday I'm feeling guilty and ready to hop back on!

GARDEMON SparkPoints: (78,464)
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12/15/12 6:47 P

Usually I go to the gym three or four days a week. During my rest days I go normally go for small walks or bike riding. I try to exercise 120 minutes everyday at least.

KARYNWHO SparkPoints: (4,381)
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12/15/12 5:38 P

I take rest days between workouts to let my muscles recover from heavy lifting. Also, my schedule is really hectic, so I'd go crazy if I tried to workout every day. The way I see it, most of my weight loss is going to happen because of good nutrition and a 1500 cal diet anyway. If I can have an intense workout 2 or 3 times a week, I'm happy. The rest of the days I try to be as active as I can, but don't do any "formal" workout program.


DIANAS SparkPoints: (16,518)
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12/15/12 4:55 P

I don't think that it's necessary to take days off. I just take it a lot easier 1-2 days a week for example I do 1 our of yoga or stretching routine or do brisk walk or go swimming. It clearly keeps me on track and stretching or easy-paced exercise is even better fr recovery that just sitting around

BERTA6978 SparkPoints: (43,739)
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12/15/12 4:47 P

I usually take one day a week off. Sometimes I take two days off and sometimes I exercise all 7. It isn't so much that I feel I need to rest, it's that I need the time to catch up on other things. I have recently started strength training and find that right now I need to rest one or two days between strength workouts.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (78,144)
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12/15/12 2:54 P

5 days sometimes... I have to. I don't heal otherwise. Usually my Monday weight lifting is very very intense (think of 7x5 squats, 7x5 bench presses, and 3x5 dead lifts) and the next day I am sore all over, especially if I happen to have just incremented the weights.

But I still go to the gym and do work out (OH presses, barbell rows) Wednesdays and Fridays, but these workouts are nothing compared to that of Mondays.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
12/15/12 2:43 P

Yes. One rest day never leaves me wanting to take another, I want to get back to it. If I take 2-3 days off due to my body needing a real rest I find it hard to drag myself back to the gym.

VRS8440 Posts: 4,016
12/15/12 1:55 P


CHLOEAGH SparkPoints: (29,002)
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12/15/12 12:28 P

Yes. I take Sundays off. Sometimes I'll go for a long walk, but I don't do a specific work out.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (80,970)
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12/15/12 12:17 P

I've exercised every day for the past month, simply because I want to have an exercise streak. I have "easy" days where I do 10 or 15 minutes of Just Dance on the Wii or 10-20 minutes of Pilates or Yoga. It works for me, I don't feel like I'm slacking at all.

DANEKASS Posts: 18
12/15/12 12:13 P

I try not to because I will get lazy, and not continue to do it. thats what happened the last time =/

KEEPGOINGEMILY SparkPoints: (20,609)
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12/15/12 12:03 P

I have been exercising daily for the past week, having restarted my healthy efforts to lose weight etc. I get nervous to take a day off from exercising, since I don't want to lose my momentum toward building the habit. So, my question is how do you take a rest day, if you do? What do you do to make sure you get back going the next day? Please don't say "just do it," that's too simple and obvious lol.

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