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340 2/4/13 11:57 P
With all training, make sure to take rest days!
As has been said. With Strength Training going to failure -- physically unable to do one more or even finish the current rep -- is a good thing.
With Cardio -- running, biking, swimming, ... -- it can be more beneficial to have less difficult workouts each week. Runners that hit it as hard as they can 6-7 times a week don't improve as quickly as runners that only run 4-5 times a week, and have a couple of "easy" runs.
When I say easy, I'm not talking sitting on the couch watching TV easy. I'm talking breathing at a pretty good rate, but can carry on a conversation one or two sentences at a time. When you get done with these "easy" workouts, you should feel like you could do more.
For me it depends on my attitude, my energy level, my environment, and level of hydration. There are days where I feel like I can go forever and days like today, where I'm not sure I can keep running for even 30 minutes. Having a negative attitude is my worst enemy.
For weightlifting I do better when my husband is with me because I don't want to seem like a total wuss. On my good days I will go until my muscles are on fire! (those are the best days). If I'm cranky I just do the bare minimum LOL.
Speaking of that I need to make a new uplifting playlist for Wednesday!
I am careful with that due to having arthritis. But I do push it when my body is feeling good. Most of the time I can push it.......but then there are moments on my treadmill when my knee hurts so I back off a little. I always push it at weight lifting class.
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9,438 2/4/13 3:23 P
Every time I work out.
What you're asking is tough to answer, because that means different things to different people. For me, it means that I always challenge myself, lifting weights to fatigue and pushing the cardio until my heart pounds.
But by the same token, I take care of my body. I make sure I have adequate fuel, and listen to my body when it's telling me that it's had enough. I take rest days, and am careful not to overtrain.
Fitness Minutes: (2,612)
25 2/4/13 11:22 A
There are many exercises I do until absolute failure. For instance pushups, situps and pullups. I regularly perform those exercises until my body is unable to perform one more rep. I will do multiple sets like that. I don't stop just at discomfort here either. If I can get one pushup and im shaking and its really really slow, ill do another, until I hit that point where I am halfway up and i am making 0 progress no matter how hard I exert. Sometimes ill drop to my knees at this point and keep going until I can't do any pushups from the knees as well.
When its cardio I do it more controlled than that. I like to monitor my heart rate and at least one workout a week I will sustain my max heart rate for as long as I am able. This is extremely uncomfortable and I am sure to do a long/slow warm up and cool down. I back off when I reach the point where I think I might vomit, thats my trigger for when I've had enough.
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4,106 2/4/13 9:21 A
That's a very subjective question. Can you be more specific?
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22 2/4/13 8:02 A
How far do you push your body outside your comfort zone?
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