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HEALTHYFOREVER4 SparkPoints: (20,173)
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7/11/13 7:53 P

I don't think anybody was judging you. Sometimes, rest days, as in not doing exercise at all, are actually a good thing, particularly when you've been working out too hard. (Ask me how I know... I'm STILL recovering from my latest overtraining mistake, and the others are right when they say you could end up being out of commission, exercise-wise, for more than just a day or two if you push and refuse to allow your body rest.)

That being said, there's absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to get in at least 10 minutes of light activity on your "rest" days; that is what I try to do as well. Today is a rest day, for example, so I'm going to do some yoga later this evening, along with 2 or 3 core ST moves, because I also really, really try to get in at least 10 minutes of exercise-type activity every day. Yoga helps with soreness too because it's a lot of stretching.

There's nothing wrong with taking days completely off from exercise too, when your body truly needs it (and sometimes it does!). That doesn't mean sitting on the couch watching TV all day, or doing nothing at all physically. Even when I'm not actively exercising because I've pushed too hard, I'm usually still active throughout the day. I still take the stairs, and I still park far away in the parking lot, and I still walk a lot because I'm in college and walk around campus all the time. I don't look at my rest days as days to do nothing at all, just as days to recover physically. Everyone has different things that they know work for them. Just take it easy, whatever you choose to do, because having to truly recover for a long time, from an overuse injury, or simply from exhaustion, is super not fun.

JABUDRAGON SparkPoints: (3,570)
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7/11/13 4:53 P

I love doing yoga DVDs on recovery days. As well as being beneficial in all the ways yoga is, it really helps stretch and relax the muscles that have been overworked. Just because you're not really "working out" doesn't mean you don't break into a sweat sometimes too!

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,097)
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7/11/13 4:13 P

LTHORNTON79, dial down the defensiveness a bit. No one was judging, we were asking for clarification.

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,044
7/11/13 11:46 A

Here's a better description of rest and recovery days.

http://www.active.com/running/Articles/W
hat-to-Do-on-Rest-and-Recovery-Days

Your body does need time to recover and rebuild and it doesn't mean sit on the couch and watch reruns. It does mean doing very little - like a light walk with a slight increase in heart rate.

If you overtrain and end up with an injury, you could end up taking more than a single rest day.

http://www.fitsugar.com/Why-Your-Exercis
e-Routine-Needs-Rest-Day-28859215
http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/9-
reasons-skip-your-workout-sometimes

LTHORNTON79 Posts: 305
7/11/13 11:19 A

What do you mean by "rest day"? If you mean "a day where I don't do anything", I would argue that's a bad idea. We should all get at least 10 min of exercise daily. My idea of a "rest day" is one in which I do a light activity - which, is basically why I made my original post ... looking for ideas for lighter activities.

I would love to just take a nice walk, but it's 106 degrees today and I'm in a small town where there are no large indoor places to go walk (like a mall or a big store).

Soooo, back to my original question - any ideas for low-impact or recovery exercises? (Since my question was meant to garner fun ideas and not sanctimonious judging.)

AMANDANCES Posts: 1,983
7/11/13 11:11 A

I was looking for something similar -- I thought rowing, but someone suggested inline skating, which isn't really impact (unless you fall --lol).

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7/11/13 10:44 A

Pilates can still be pretty intense; it's more strength training.

I would recommend something like yoga or just a light walk. honestly, though, you sound like you've beaten yourself up enough that just plain resting is not a bad idea. I echo the PP's question: How many *actual* rest days are you taking? "Active" rest is usually good, but if you're overtraining, may be counterproductive and not restful enough.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 7/11/2013 (10:44)
WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,044
7/11/13 10:40 A

How often do you take a rest day? It sounds like your thighs might be trying to tell you they need a break.

LTHORNTON79 Posts: 305
7/11/13 10:35 A

I hit the exercise button pretty hard this week - elliptical and treadmill jogging - and now my bad knee is a bit sore, my feet are sore, and my thighs are wobbly. I swam yesterday to give my feet and knees a break, but it made my thighs even wobblier (if that's a word). So today I'd like to try something super low-impact ... I was thinking pilates or something like that. Any ideas??

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