I've done some form of exercise every day, seven days a week for going on two years now, BUT....I usually either do something for 10 minutes (the minimum for the exercise to count), but doing a relaxing walk is good for a 'rest' day.
Taking a day or two off from exercise is a good idea. But if you are really enjoying it then there is nothing wrong about it. Just don't overdo it. Change the pattern and intensity if you don't want to take off and rest totally. Keep in mind even if you take a break from working out your body is still burning calories.So it's not going to effect your wt loss.
Nothing wrong with working out if you vary the exercise and use different muscles. My grandfather walked every evening of his life and was very fit right up into his 90's.Just do something different on your rest days.It isn't wriiten in stone you know :)
Your days off could be used perhaps going for a walk,, bike riding, swimming, or just tuning up using stretch bands
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The body can only absorb so much exercise before it gets tired and workouts became harder to finished because of exhaustion... The rest day should be from anaerobic weight training and running but not totally sendity. We should still be getting in 10,000 steps daily in upright position this is what is required to avoid heart disease and brittle bones- walking is fine recover exercise and if done correctly is aerobic too.. Max three days weight training with a rest day between- the magic of weight training happens on rest days- the muscles repair, refresh and get stronger..
I laugh at people whom fill up their week only have one day a week free, exercising then becames a chore and or they get so sore they go sour in it..
I see people rolling and stretching more then doing anything at gyms these days, when a pure rest day would benefit them more.. I also don't do full body workouts- I never had so many aches and pain pounding the same muscle groups three times a week.. I divide my body up over the three days in a split program- I am always working on fresh muscles.. I put my leg day between back and chest- as extra rest..
Been exercising for almost a decade now and still love my exercise.. When it is time to return to the gym- the part of my body being exercised is fresh again and ready to do its best..
And as for other committments- if my body is not healthy those other committments are kinda unimportant. I work as a resthome helper in private homes- working with people whom often sit in wheel chairs (doctors, policemen,nurses social workers etc) whom didn't look efter them selfs- not being able to get out and do "regular" committments becames another limitation..
Hey, WORKINGMOM33!!! What sort of workout are you talking about. If you do "heavy" workouts, like weight lifting and running, try something lighter as your "off day". Like walking. At some point I'm sure there will be days that won't be able to excercise (other commitments) and that will just count as your day off.
Hey everyone! I just wanted to get some feedback and/or input from others that either relate or can give me some advice....I re-started my weightloss journey about two weeks ago and I am pretty motivated and on track. Here is my problem or question..... does anyone else have a hard time taking a "rest" day? I get into a pattern or schedule of working out and the idea of taking a day off kind of scares me. Mentally I know that I should to allow my body to rest and repair itself.... but I worry that one day might turn into two or three etc. Plus I really do feel better after working out because its a great stress reliever! Thanks for any input or advice!
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