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ROSE-LITE Posts: 1,930
1/8/13 10:15 A

an easy going light walk is great for the mind.... a good de-stresser..... cool

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1/8/13 10:11 A

I do some form of exercise every day, so I think it's perfectly fine to go for a walk on your rest days.

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1/8/13 10:08 A

I don't see any problem with a light walk. In fact, it may be better for you than doing nothing. Google "active recovery". I like Lyle McDonald's thoughts on the matter.

1/7/13 1:43 P

This is all great to hear! My muscles will enjoy a lighter walk. I need to remember that every workout doesn't need to be challenging. The HIIT I do 3x a week is definitely strenuous enough!

KELLYTHEFIT0710 SparkPoints: (37,167)
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1/7/13 1:28 P

I agree, plus a relaxing walk will do wonders for your state of mind! emoticon

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/7/13 1:24 P

"Rest" doesn't mean lay in bed and do nothing. "Rest" means "do not do challenging exercise". You can do non-challenging "activity", sure. It's even healthy to - a light walk can help move lactic acid out of build-up areas and help you feel better!

Just don't "challenge" yourself every single day.

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1/7/13 1:23 P

I think it sounds great. Since I have a desk job, I like to do some type of exercise daily.

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1/7/13 12:37 P

There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a walk or doing cardiovascular exercise on your rest/recovery days.

But here's the thing, if you're exercising so intensely during the rest of the week that your body doesn't have time to recover from its last workout, that's no good. A person shouldn't be constantly sore or fatigued. If you are, it's time to cut back. The right amount of exercise will keep us fit. too much exercise can weaken our immune system and break down our bodies.

Don't forget that your exercise routine must be sustainable. Because the exercise doesn't stop once a person has lost the weight. If you want to take the weight off and keep it off, you have to continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise.

So, if you don't think you can sustain your current workouts for life, then it's time to make some adjustments. You might want to have 2-3 workouts that aren't high intensity. Do something light like taking regular walks. You may even want to consider yoga if you haven't been engaging in any flexibility work. A tight muscle is prone to injury.

You really don't have to kill yourself to be fit or healthy. Moderation in all things and that includes exercise.

1/7/13 11:43 A

What's your opinion on resting a full day VS. still exercising but only having a non-strenuous walk?

This question comes up for me all the time because after several consecutive days of pretty hard workouts, my quads feel sooo tired during normal daily life (sitting at my desk, walking around the office, standing up, going up steps). I hate doing no physical activity when I'm working to lose a few pounds, but is it bad to still go for a light walk when muscles are obviously tired?

Thoughts? emoticon

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