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opinion: what is a rest day?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

I love, love, love strength training, because I do so much I understand the concept of "rest days" however, I noticed that when I take a rest day I don't have the motivation to start the next day. WOW, how lazy do I have to be to miss just one day & not want to jump back in?

So my question is: is a rest day complete rest or just a rest from THAT specific exercise?

thank you

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MISSDAISY23 11/27/2012 10:45AM

    I guess I do not have a rest day as I walk every day.

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EASTENDCLAM 11/25/2012 10:22AM

    I ST on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Cardio everyday with Monday my day off from everything as I'm usually using the weekends to get in extra work. Tuesdays are not generally a problem getting back in the swing.

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FITCOUGARMOM 11/22/2012 7:29PM

    My rest day is never a total rest. I do yoga or some Tai Chi on my rest days. Im the same way. If I sit and do nothing I have no motivation to start again the next day!!

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FITCOUGARMOM 11/22/2012 7:28PM

    My rest day is never a total rest. I do yoga or some Tai Chi on my rest days. Im the same way. If I sit and do nothing I have no motivation to start again the next day!!

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ANGRITTER 11/18/2012 10:36PM

    I have 7 exercises I do every day that are strength based. Sunday, being my rest day, I walk with the dogs for a bit and get outside to get some fresh air and I do my 7 exercises. If I do anything else, that is a bonus.

So my rest day isn't really a rest day, but I do not do weight training or cycling or stability ball workouts. I walk and do my "simple 7".

How's that?

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DEBBY4576 11/18/2012 5:15PM

    I just rest from that. You could still do cardio. OR like today, I'm doing absolutely nothing but morning housework, and sparks. I have my fitbit on that tracks exercise minutes based on the acitivity level I did. I already have over the 120 minutes that Sparks gives you. So I am certainly resting. It's really what YOU want to make it.

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DALID414 11/18/2012 3:25PM

    My rest days means not going to the gym, but I usually do chores those days; laundry, house cleaning, that sort of thing. I feel antsy some rest days, so I'll go to the gym and do the stationary bike, its not as intense as jogging or ST, but its enough to feel like I did something.

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NESARIAN 11/18/2012 1:23PM

    I think we all have to decide what works for us. A complete day of no exercise does not work for me. I walk dogs for 2 miles daily. No matter what else I do. They need daily exercise also. Variety in exercise does help the body rest so maybe try mixing it up with a lighter day and heavier day.

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BEAR8MM 11/18/2012 11:14AM

    Depending on the intensity of your exercise, a rest day can mean a complete rest, or just dropping a level of intensity. For example, a hard core runner might go all out for speed one day, then do a slower paced endurance run the next day, or even just a walk. This method mostly applies to cardio exercises. For strength training, you are better off with the complete rest scenario, for at least one day, or preferably two days, to give your muscle cells time to heal. As someone else mentioned, you can also switch muscle groups, working arms and upper body one day, switching to legs the next day, etc.

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GARDENCHRIS 11/18/2012 10:09AM

    maybe your body is telling you something and you need to listen to it. Try something different for exercise..

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TEADYBEAR77 11/18/2012 8:06AM

    I'm no expert, but what I hear from people is you work a certain muscle group one day and rest it the next. For example; You do your upper body on Monday, And your core and lower body on Tuesday. Then Wed you can do your upper body again. That's the advice I receive. But I tend to overdo it and try to lift until my arms no longer work. Yep I'm a bit nuts. It may be an A.D.D. thing. who knows.
Thats my take on it anyway.

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