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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (247,005)
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6/22/13 3:40 A

I hope that you recover properly very soon, but remember, don't go straight into normal work-outs - be gentle on yourself to give your body proper time to recover from this bug!


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6/21/13 4:49 P

I walk every day and run for a few minutes every other day. The walk is nt just for fitness, it is for my peace of mind.

COANNIE SparkPoints: (9,512)
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6/21/13 4:34 P

So the rest question was taken out of my hands. I ended up with a hideous stomach bug, and basically could do nothing but lay on the couch all day drowsing in between bathroom runs. Better today, but not enough to exercise, or do much of anything at all.

Thank you SO much for your advice. I tend to "overthink" everything and get anxious when I don't need to.

MCFHARPIST SparkPoints: (62,118)
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6/20/13 4:36 P

Go with your gut feeling. If you're tired and weary, lay off. Otherwise,

Spark On!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (197,109)
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6/20/13 11:18 A


I blame the Biggest Loser for convincing people they need to exercise vigorously 6-7 days a week in order to lose weight. This really is a fitness misconception. Doing more exercise will not speed up a person's weight loss. The fact is, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. If you want to take the weight off and keep it off, you need to eat right first. Because what happens when you can't exercise for 30-60 minutes a day ? What happens when you are injured ?

This is something most people don't think about until it happens. That's when they panic. they think all their efforts at weight loss are lost because they can't exercise. If you're eating right, the exercise is the icing on the cake. pardon the pun.

good health is a total body process. We must eat right to maintain our weight, but we need to exercise to keep our muscles, bones and internal organs healthy. How much exercise does a person need ? This really depends on the person and their goals. I workout pretty regularly, but I listen to my body too. If I'm fatigued, I might skip a workout. I used to beat myself up thinking I had to exercise every day. But, you don't.

As CATS mentioned, our bodies need REST. it's that recovery period when our muscle fibers repair themselves. if your muscles don't have a chance to rest/recover, this is why your body breaks down. the right amount of exercise will keep you fit, too much can ruin your body.

It's true that most Americans have become very sedentary and need to be more active. Once again, how much exercise a person does really is going to depend on the person and their goals. Because the person who wants to run a 26.2 mile marathon has very different needs then someone who just wants to be a bit fitter.

it's all about finding the right BALANCE. And that's not an easy thing. I've been working on find the right balance for me for years. it's a learning process.

My advice ? Learn to listen to your body. take rest days when you need them. Push yourself, but don't push yourself over the edge.

CATS_MEOW_0911 Posts: 2,574
6/20/13 10:35 A


I have a degree in kinesiology/exercise science and have studied the importance of rest days. Rest days are vital to reaching your exercise goals. You do not want to do a strenuous workout (which the videos you are doing sound like they are) every day. Gentle exercise, like a leisurely walk, bike ride, gardening, or yoga on rest days is usually okay, and that type of non-strenuous activity is encouraged on a daily basis. Rest days do not mean that you need to sit on the couch all day, it just means to avoid doing a strenuous workout so that your muscles can recover. Believe it or not, a lot of the work from exercise is done between workouts, not during; the rest time is when your muscles are actually building themselves up. After a strenuous strength training or conditioning workout, it is best to "rest" for 24-48 hours (48 hours for sure if the muscles were worked to failure during the workout), but yes, walking and similar activities are just fine. Professional athletes often have a different training model and have spent some time working up to doing a lot of conditioning workouts almost every day, but for the rest of us, doing so may actually backfire by not allowing for adequate recovery.

Edited by: CATS_MEOW_0911 at: 6/20/2013 (10:36)
COANNIE SparkPoints: (9,512)
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6/20/13 9:54 A

Hi All, I have a question about exercise, or more accurately, not exercising.

I do a 40-60 minute exercise video 6 days per week (mix of body sculpting/cardio, like Jillian Michaels and SP Videos), plus at least a 3 mile walk/hike 6 days per week. So for example, yesterday I did a 40 min Sparkpeople boot camp video in the morning, and would have gone for a walk in the late afternoon, except that the smoke from the fires was so bad I couldn't stand to be outside breathing it (I live in Colorado). I woke up feeling really queasy with an upset stomach this morning (probably also due to the smoke), so I didn't exercise today.

I have read so many different opinions about rest days. Some people recommend rest days a few days a week and some say one or no rest days a week. I want to do what is best- so is one day off from the video, but with a walk ok? Or is it ok to exercise every day if you feel good? Some days I am just worn out and push myself and feel better after I've worked out, and some days I am just achy and work out and feel worse.

What do you all think?

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