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KKKAREN
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12/16/12 7:50 A

I started getting fatigued and sore after working out everyday for many months, now I take 2 days a week for rest days and feel much better. Everyone is different though.



JENNILACEY
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12/16/12 7:21 A

I don't know about "normal" but I workout everyday. I alternate between ST (with a 20 minute cardio video) and cardio for about an hour + a day. So I burn 230ish cals and 400 cals alternating days. It works out to around 2000 cals a week.

Personally, I find I start getting tired when my exercise becomes too repetitive. It's a sign to me that I need to find a new workout video to do or change up my ST routine.

I do take off one day biweekly when I go to my inlaws for the day just because I don't have the time in the morning, busy getting the kids ready and we leave the house fairly early.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 12/16/2012 (07:24)


MPLANE37
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12/15/12 3:02 P

There is no norm. The rest days you need depends on how intensely you work out. If you happen to work out too intensely, or you have been working out for too long in a row without adequate rest and you feel tired, take your rest days, as many as you need. Rest days are fundamental, because those are the days in which your body responds to the new stress levels and gets stronger. If you rest inadequately, you won't be giving a chance to your body to get stronger. An important part of resting is having a good nights sleep every day. If you can't sleep well too frequently, you will get tired even when the intensity levels are just habitual levels.



JMCROF
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12/15/12 2:06 P

It doesn't say what you are working out doing but I walk generally six days a week. Several days a week i do the elliptical or the bike also. I do know you need to rest between strength training...one day on and one day off. A trainer told me your muscles need to heal from strength training. She never said i couldn't work out that much though.



FIT4LIFE11111
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12/15/12 1:20 P

It depends on you and what you want. I exercise about every day of the week but only because I am taking a ballet class, a horse riding class, and am a member of my colleges sycnronized swimming team.

If your tired, start taking 'rest days'



SNOWJESTER
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12/15/12 11:44 A

I've been working out every day but I'm just walking. What type of workouts do you do? If it's really hardcore there could be some benefit in taking a rest day. I definitely take rest days between strength training, but something like walking a few miles a day every day is fine for me.



BUBBLEJ1
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12/14/12 9:27 P

I've been working out 6 days a week, but I was getting tired and run down. I took a few days (3, I think) off, and I have been feeling much, much better. Some people work with 2 rest days a week, but I think I work best with a short block of rest days instead.



SP_COACH_NANCY
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12/13/12 8:16 P

Hi,

I think your body will tell you what it needs as long as we listen to the cues. If you are finding yourself becoming more fatigued, than taking a couple of days off is perfectly fine. When I was marathon training I developed overtraining symptoms (fatigue, chronic soreness, decrease appetite, moodiness, etc) and my running coach forced me to take a week off. As reluctant as I was to do so, I actually gained more from taking the time off than I would have had I pushed through.

While being active is one thing, 'working out' is something else. Remember the body makes the adaptation to exercise when you are not exercising. And remember too that 'working out' at a high intensity also can lead a shift in hormones which can actually promote fat storage and greater muscle breakdown. This is where moderation is key.

Coach Nancy



KRISTEN_SAYS
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12/13/12 7:57 P

I exercise everyday because I always find myself wanting to exercise on my rest days, but I don't go hard and burn 500+ everyday. I give myself "easy" days a few times a week and do Pilates or 15 minutes of Just Dance on the Wii while the other days I challenge myself and do strength training and Plyometics. It works for me. I burn at least 1500 calories each week but I never feel like I'm pushing myself too much, you know? So if you can, take it easy a few days.



MDDLLAMA
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12/13/12 7:50 P

I think you are ok to work out everyday if you want to as long as a couple of days you are doing some easy workouts like going for a walk or something along those lines. I don't think killing yourself 6-7 days a week is going to do you any favors in the long run.



N16351D
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12/13/12 7:47 P

I have been working out on average 7 days a week for a total of 9 hours for 40 years (now age 55). I wish I had time to work out more because I love a variety of sports and being very active. If I didn't have to cook meals for my family and work to help save for retirement, I would work out doing about 15 different activities per week spending 15 - 20 hours doing it all!

One friend of mine worked out 20 - 25 hours a week and completed several ironman triathlons ( 1-2 mile swim, 115 bike, and 26. 2 mile run) in about 12 hours. Yes, all of that is done in one day without a break! Of course, she spent ten years working up to that!

How much you work out depends on your fitness level, your family and work commitments, your age, your interests.

The norm in America is for people not to work out at all! According to the surgeon general, only 30 % of the adult Americans get their heart rate up for 30 minutes about four times per week!

The norm for those interested in being fit, depending on how out of condition they were, and at what age they were when they began.

If your workout regimine tires you, consider trying to figure out why. There are some articles on SP that address this. It could be as simple as low iron (primarily women) or thyroid (checked with a blood test) or not enough sleep at night!

How much exercise is normal? It depends.....



KSHAH86
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12/13/12 7:37 P

So just a general question for everyone, i usually work out about 6 days a week, just because thats what i'm use to, but lately i've been finding that im starting to get tired and fatigued..

is 6 days too much to be working out? If so what is the norm? and Is it ok to work out 5 days a week if 6 is too much? Just wondering...any feedback would help

Thanks



 
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