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SPARKLINGME176 Posts: 18,370
2/24/14 12:01 P

I did yesterday!

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,434
2/24/14 11:50 A

The previous posters have given you some great advice. I understand the desire for consistency, but especially when you're new to exercise you need to schedule rest days each week. That gives your body time to recover and come back stronger. You also don't want to do strength training daily. When you strength train, you make tiny tears in your muscle fibers. When you rest, you give those fibers time to heal and grow back stronger. If you are strength training every day, they never get that healing time.

In general, I'd recommend cardio exercise 3-5 days per week, along with a full-body strength program 2-3 days per week.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

2/24/14 11:22 A

I understand not wanting to lose momentum, but you really do need to rest once in awhile. Think of it as part of a new program you've started to take good care of yourself. It's not cheating to rest if your muscles are sore.

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2/24/14 10:11 A

Rest days are important. They allow your muscles to heal and that's the process by which you get stronger. Most people tend to take 2-3 rest days a week for this purpose.

Also, congrats on the ST progress! Sounds like its time to up the weight!

2/24/14 9:58 A

I just started my exercise program about 21 days ago after being inactive (and very obese) for a long time. I've not missed a day of recumbent biking, building up from 10 minutes and now am up to 40. I am also doing upper body strength training every day with hand weights and am up to 3 sets, 16 reps.

The thing is, I'm still having soreness in my legs at night. Is this normal? I haven't skipped a day of exercise, and don't want to because I'm afraid I won't get back to it if I do. I'm just hoping it's normal and will go away. It is lessening, but it still there.

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