I don't actually have a "rest day" - but I don't do weights every day. I find that no matter what day it is, I feel better after doing my cardio, even if it's half the time. Heading down to the gym in my apartments and working up a sweat helps me soooo much. However, I have anxiety and a rotated hip, so I found that missing a day means I am more tense that day and wake up the next day a little more stiff and sore. If I make myself move a little every day, it has amazinf benefits.
However, that's just cardio. And if I feel like doing a little less on Saturday/Sunday, those are my "light" days. Strength training in M-W-F, no more, no less. I just listened to my body and found that once I started moving, I couldn't stop, so I don't. :D
Really, I'd listen to everyone here saying follow what your body says, and what you're willing to do. If you want a rest day, take it. If you want to keep going, do it. Just make sure you give muscle groups the 1-2 days in between to rebuild after using weights, and you're fine.
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I have 1 scheduled rest day. Sometimes I take 2. If not, I make sure that not all workout days are equal. Some are harder than others. I'll work on different parts of my body to rest muscle groups for at least 48 hours - such as doing leg strength training. On some days, I double my exercise and get in about 2 hours. I like to challenge my endurance often. Sometimes, that means that the second rest day is very important.
It doesn't mean that I don't move at all on rest days. I might do some active things with my boyfriend, friends, and my family like taking a walk or playing some backyard games (badminton, swimming, etc).
I rest at least one day a week but have the second day saved up to take mid-week if I feel like it, or my schedule demands. Since I ride my bike for exercise now, getting to things that are just a couple of miles from my house, I ride a minimum of 3 days a week and more likely 4-5 days for my cardio. Less stress on my knees than walking and fun!
I try not to take a day off as I am on challenges that are DAILY challenges. Things like the 10 Minute Daily Challenge and the 60 Second Challenge I do on a daily basis.
As for my cardio and strengthening, I try to do them at least 5 out of 7 days but tend to wind up doing them every day of the week. I know we're suppose to have two days a week off as rest days but I just love working out now that I'm finally doing it again.
I usually go to Curves at least 5 days a week and walk a mile or 2 every day. Sunday is usually my rest day, with only walking and leisurely at that. Once in a while I will take the whole weekend off if I feel like I have been doing too much. Have been losing about a pound a week with that schedule. I think you just have to listen to your body. I try not to make it a habit to skip workouts and I walk a couple times a day, so hardly ever do I not walk, unless the weather prohibits.
This week was an off week almost 5 days of no work out. But I am the care taker when little one is sick. So I couldn't take him to the gym with me. But I normally take just Saturday and Sunday off just because I know I'm.going to get all of the cardio and ST I need chasing after a three year old and a fiance with ADHD. I embrace it! They both keep me in my toes!
Usually one day, and usually Sunday, but if I am especially tired, I might take another day off. For me a day off might mean doing nothing at all, or it might mean an hour of gentle yoga or a leisurely 20-minute swim (no intervals!) or slow walk. I get a lot of variety in my exercise, so I seldom have to worry about overusing a particular set of muscles.
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I guess it depends on your level of health and how long you've been exercising, and how much weight you need to lose. I try to exercise 5 to 6 days a week. Even if it's walking for 30 to 45 minutes. But someone who's in good shape and not much to lose may only need to exercise 3 times a week.
I have 2 non-gym days. I say that because my 2 non gym days I stay pretty active
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1,273 6/17/12 4:36 P
Sunday is my day of rest. Other days I walk/jog, strength and cardio.
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I don't necessarily take a rest day where I do nothing. I do a big variety of workouts so I switch it up. I run 3-5 days a week. I do non-impact cardio at the gym two days a week and yoga 2-4 times a week. So my "rest" day may mean... Just an hour of yoga.
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1,941 6/17/12 2:43 P
well yesterday I took a complete day off unintentionally. I was gonna exercise but i steamed my fingers and spent the rest of the day in pain and ice water, lol.
after taking ibuprofin and using some aloe gel with lidocaine - I woke up much better.
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449 6/16/12 9:00 P
You should rest when your body is fatigue, sick, or hurting. I have a desk job, so I try not to take a plan rest day. I do have days that I go to the gym and not work very hard, but I get some exercise in. If my body tells me it needs rest, then I take a day off. I think you should aim to workout everyday and then if you have a day you can't do it, take it off.
Usually 1 day I don't exercise at all and sometimes I might just have a little walk.
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2,167 6/16/12 12:38 P
I take at least 2 days off every week, and I don't feel guilty about it. They help me recover and recharge both physically and mentally so that I can focus on the scheduled exercises. Exercise done without focus is not efficient, and can even cause injury.
Edited by: MPLANE37 at: 6/16/2012 (12:38)
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83 6/16/12 12:08 P
I take just Sunday off, but if I ever feel like I need it, I might just both weekend days off in the future. I started working out pretty hard lately (for me, at least) and I don't wanna burn out.
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50 6/16/12 1:56 A
Its ok if you don't have a 'rest day'. If you want to exercise, than do it. Rest days are created for the times in which working out is work, not fun. It allows you to take a break and relax. However, for some people exercising can be a relazing and fun activity.
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1,941 6/16/12 1:16 A
okay thanx. lately i have been trying to take one day off (usually friday) and somehow I end up dancing anways. aii.
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Right now I only have one rest day but it varies depending on how I feel. It is important to listen to your body as over training will only hurt you in the long run.
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138 6/15/12 11:15 P
Sunday is my day of rest. No ST, maybe a light walk, and catch up on my sleep!
I take 2-3, depending on how I am feeling that week. If I have had a full on week at work, or upped my weights or something I will take an extra day off.
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9,689 6/15/12 7:11 P
Two, usually, and I usually do very little. I work my butt off during the week (1-2 hours in the gym, running/walking at night) and I need it! Occasionally I throw in a weekend walk with the family, but that's usually at the pace of two littles and a disabled husband, so barely qualifies as cardio. :)
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1,273 6/15/12 5:33 P
For me, sunday is my "rest" day. I do not do my "scheduled" workout (Curves, zumba or walk/jog). If something comes up and I take a walk with my family I log it, however I get back to my usual workouts come monday. Most sundays are my rest day. You know best what your body needs.
SP is all about healthy living. You need to work out a schedule that you can stick with, even if that is only 3 days a week of workout. What can you stick with long term? That is key
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1,941 6/15/12 5:13 P
how many rest days do you guys take a week? one or two? or just one day and then a very light exercise day?
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