You sure do exercise intensely! I just started on the program and your idea of an easy exercise day (yoga/elliptical) is still a hard one for me. I could not imagine having the energy to do a Zumba class. I do one spinning class a week and the rest of my exercise program is more strengthening and toning. I can't take all that cardio. But maybe as I become used to exercising, the body will accommodate itself to harder routines. I don't know how you even manage the elliptical. I used that thing a couple of times and I either kept falling off or just could not manage the pedals so I moved on to the easier treadmill.
However, even though most of my classes are in the toning and muscle strength areas, I make sure to do 5 minutes of elliptical (I can handle 5 minutes of that monster) and 15 minutes of the treadmill so I can at least get 20 minutes of cardio a day. And, of course, that spin class gives me enough cardio to last a year! Keep up the good work!
I normally take a weekday off instead of weekend. If i am travelling or busy on weekends then then that I count as my rest day. But on an average one day of the rest per week
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Usually do something every day, but depends on how many body is actually feeling, if my muscles have recouperated.
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2 if you mean from work but I workout every day
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One "active" rest day
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Sometimes 1 day, sometimes none. I do ST every second day; aquafit twice a week and treadmill 4-5 times a week.
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complete days off: 2 saturday and sunday...run on Mo We Fr....strength train on Tu Th
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I started out with just Sunday off. But since I have been increasing my cardio and Exercise every week I noticed my shins were recovering slower than when I was younger. So I have now chosen to take Saturday off too. I'm no longer trying to be a BUFF young man or thinking about competition status, I'm just wanting to be healthy and Fit. I've lost 5.3 lbs in 3 weeks, so I'm right on track. I think this will work best for me at my age at this time.
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The day sometimes varies, but usually only 1; some weeks none. I vary cardio and strength, and stick to 3x a week strength. In January, my goal was to exercise every day, and I did, but there were definitely a few days where I felt like my body could use a day off. So, I changed my goals for February to something else. I took off yesterday...
I have a couple days off a week, depending on what's going on and how I'm feeling.
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I get in a major funk if I don't get at least a exercise. I take one "rest" day that usually involves some walking or recumbent bike at a very casual pace.
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Usually 2, but always at least 1 and no more than 3. I was doing no rest days, hit a plateau that lasted a while, and broke through it by upping calories and taking a break from exercising. Now I make sure I rest even if I don't feel I need to.
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I typically have 1-2, no more than three. I prefer to just have one, but I'm trying to learn to listen to my body if it wants rest :)
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I dont have a rest day because I know that one day off could quickly turn into two weeks off. However, I have 3 days of very hard workouts (trainer, boot camp), and alternate those with medium workouts (spinning/Zumba) & one easy day (yoga/elliptical). The variety helps, I definitely couldn't do the same thing every day.
I take usually one day a week off for rest. If I take more than that I risk losing my momentum. If you don't want to take a rest day then you should at least have a day or two during the week where you lighten your workout a bit. Just to give your body a chance to recover some.
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I don't take days off either for the most part, not unless I'm sick and feel I really need it. I do have at least one slower day though, where I might just stretch or go for a walk. Something, but nothing too rigorous.
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ARCHIMEDESII is very wise.
Your body does need recovery time between very intense activities.
Personally, I have 3-4 very active days, with the balance having only low intensity activites (like walking).
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l take 1 day's break so l can go to church
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I do predominantly HIIT and some old school ST. I try to give myself 2 days off, although I would prefer to workout. I found that I recover fully from all the exercise that I do if I take off 2 days a week.
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I do three days of strength and five days of cardio (currently almost all running, since I'm training for a race). Combined, I have one full rest day and one day where I only do ST.
I decided in the beginning that I couldn't set up a routine I couldn't follow forever. In the past, I'd go for streaks without stopping, and as soon as I broke, I'd give up. Aiming for five days of activity (four in my first month) was much more reasonable, and something I feel I can sustain forever.
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At one time I wasn't taking any days off and did (45 days straight). I was doing 2 a days. Hard core cardio in the AM and strength train or Zumba in the evening. I was scared to take a day off because like you said 1 becomes 2 and so on. Well my body told me to take a break. I realized I was overtraining. So now I listen to my body and take one day off (Saturday). I think you have to be rigid about your schedule. Set a particular day off. If you change you will make excuses. After making working out a habit your body craves working out and so taking one day off won't hurt like it did in the past.
thanks for the replies. I never have a day where i dont walk, we dont drive plus i have an active dog with no back yard. i walk so much though even while very overweight, so i dont really count it as exercise ykwim, I will stick to my challenge with one day off a week and go from there :).
I work out 5 days a week. Weekends I take off. I might walk around the mall or go hiking or for a walk with my family or do some yoga or an extra cardio ssession here or there, but I do not have any planned exercise.
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I take at least one rest day per week. Rest doesn't necessarily mean you're not doing anything. It could be an active recovery. An active recovery would be engaging in a low impact cardiovascular type of exercise like a walk. You could even do a yoga class as long as it wasn't something intense like bikram or power yoga. I find a good stretch (at least 60+ minutes) helps my muscles recover from an intense workout.
How many rest days should a person take ? It depends on how intense your workouts are. If your workouts are very intense, you could need 2-3 days of recovery. But if you're taking a daily walk, that's fine. No reason a person can't walk every single day. However, people do need to be careful how much intense exercise they do. Too much intense exercise without rest can cause a person's immune system to weaken and break down.
Learn to listen to your body. If you feel fatigued, take a day off. Do some type of low impact activity or something significantly less intense if you want to do something. No one will consider you a slacker if you take a day off here and there. Those rest days are important because they allow your muscle fibers to repair. If your muscle fibers don't get a chance to repair, they'll never get stronger.
I don't take days off, because I know from experience that one day turns into two, turns into a week, a month, etc. But I do have days where I'm not all out. Show up. Moving is better than not moving are a couple of my mottos.
Just curious. I just finished the 30 day shred and didnt rest at all. I want to rest.. I intend to rest one day a week on the new challenge I am part of for Feb, just wondering what everyone else does. I know my muscles need to rest but I will admit after 30 straight days of no rest, one day will become two, and so on and so on ykwim.
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