WOW!! Thank you all for your input. I got sooo much out of all your comments. I'm so grateful for the answers I received. By the way, I've been working out for about 10 years now. Again, thank you all for taking the time to respond.
2/27/13 10:29 A
I try to exercise everyday, but I alternate between my run/walk program and lower intensity things.
2/27/13 7:41 A
You can at least walk every day. It's good for your head.
My rest day still includes walking the dog for at least 20 minutes and usually running around Super Walmart...I'm still exercising but I'm not making my heart and body work as hard as I would do when I do my regular workouts.
I try my best to listen to my body. For example, I was tired all day yesterday and attempted my cardio kickboxing video and I said forget this. I went to something else that was lower impact and not as much coordination and still got my workout in.
If your body says "sure, I can handle another mile on this walk", then go for it. But if its telling you that its time to go home, I'd head home.
2/27/13 6:59 A
I don't have a rest day- I alternate between strength and cardio, though. I do some form of cardio daily, and strength 3-4 times a week but never two days in a row.
in strength training, weight work, the pattern is to work the muscle hard one day, then rest it so it can heal and grow stronger. it is the rest period that contains the improvement. as far as cardio goes, a routine that covers different muscle groups, like one day core, one day hips and legs, one day arms, has the rest built in, because you are focusing on different parts of the body each day.
Vigorous exercise is hard on the body, and creates all sorts of minor tears and strains in muscle fibers and tendons.
Taking a day off from vigorous exercise helps your body catch up on all those little repair jobs, helps you get stronger and improves your performance, and helps reduce your risk of injury.
This doesn't mean you have to take the day completely off. Moderate exercise (eg. walking for 20 mins) is far less taxing on the body, and will still give you sufficient recovery from your more vigorous workouts.
2/26/13 6:55 P
Unident is right but I just want to add:
It's best to cross train. So don't do the same exercise every day, you will increase your changes of sustaining an overuse injury, especially if you're just starting out.
What is this either or? He says you should take a rest day, you take one, so who's right? You both are.
Are you saying you'd prefer to ditch the rest day for more exercise?
You should not 'challenge' yourself daily. Some exercise will be pushing your cardio/strength limits, other exercise sessions will be more about maintaining fitness. Some light cardio on a 'rest' day is normally fine.
Most people do benefit from at least one day a week of little to no exercise, and if you're training very hard then one week out of eight with little to no exercise as well.
You don't drive your car at maximum revs everywhere you go. Neither should you run your body like that.
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2/26/13 12:55 P
Your son is mostly right. You don't want to do a "high" intensity type of exercise (like running or weight training) every single day. the right amount of exercise will keep our bodies fit and healthy. too much could break down our immune system.
As long as you're not over taxing your body, there is no reason you can't do some type of exercise every single day. I take a walk every day. It's part of my active lifestyle. My yoga instructor did yoga every day. You need to learn to listen to your body so that you're not doing too much. However, your current workout sounds perfectly reasonable to me.
Let me ask you this, how long have you been doing this routine ? If you're brand new to exercise and were completely sedentary, then you might want to cut back a bit. a person should slowly ease into a routine so that it will become just that, a routine. We do want our exercise to be sustainable. So, if this workout isn't sustainable, then you need to make a change.
See how you feel. If it doesn't feel right, you can always try something else. this is not an exact science. you're going to have to try different things to see what works best for you.
2/26/13 12:52 P
I think everyone is different, but by listening to my body and not going 'hard' every single day, I exercise 7 days/week. I do use 1-2 of those workouts as the opportunity to have a lighter walk or something less strenuous.
I love working out, initially I started for weight loss but now I enjoy the energy and flexibility it gives my body. My son (the policeman) told me that I should not exercise everyday, that I needed to give my body rest (I weight train 3x a week, aerobic 3x and Yoga on Saturday, rest on Sunday). I certainly don't want to undermine my efforts by going overboard but I enjoy it and feel great. Am I on the right track or is he? Thanks!!
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