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11/18/13 8:02 A

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I exercise 6 days a week and usually take Sunday off. Sometimes if I'm with friends we will go for a walk but its pretty slow paced. I started at 272 and the first month or so I had to take a rest day more often but as the weight has started to come off (down 60 pounds now) my energy is higher and my pain level (hauling this body around on my gouty feet) has diminished greatly. I joined this site recently to bump myself to the next level.... counting calories!

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11/17/13 11:29 P

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yes my body responds better the day after



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11/17/13 10:12 P

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I normally use Friday as a rest day, but I still take my dog on a mile walk in the morning and then a 1-2 mile walk in the evening.



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11/17/13 9:14 P

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Usually the weekend I don't hit the gym....

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yes, at least 1

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Yes -- at least one where I work two jobs so there's no time for exercise -- but I am running around anyway!

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11/17/13 7:56 A

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11/16/13 7:13 P

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I have days where I do less but I do not have days off



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yes. two days a week.

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11/14/13 9:55 A

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Yup! At least one day if not two. I've gotten in such an exercise habit that when I do take a day off I feel a little lazy but I know my body needs it!

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11/13/13 5:43 P

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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.


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11/13/13 4:28 P

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Yup, 2 rest days a week, although I guess they'd be classified as "active rest days". I do a lot of walking at work and am pretty active in general.

My usual rest days are Monday and Friday---I chose them because those are two of the days that are the most crowded at my gym in the weight room. One day of power yoga, two days of strength training, and two days of moderate to intense cardio are enough for this old lady! emoticon

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11/13/13 5:59 A

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Every now and then I spend a day at my desk and don't go out - but it's rare

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11/12/13 7:05 P

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There's never a day i just sit around and do nothing. My "rest" days are days i might enjoy a leisurely walk in the park, some gentle stretching, or maybe just a really short workout. I call they my "active rest" days. Unless I'm sick, I do SOMETHING even if for only 10 minutes.

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11/11/13 11:36 P

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11/11/13 9:32 P

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On Sunday I hardly ever workout, I say hardly ever because there are times that I will go to the gym if I missed more then one workout during the week



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11/11/13 9:25 P

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yes on the weekends

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11/11/13 5:30 P

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i usually exercise 3 days and take 1 day rest , and again 3 days and 1 day rest emoticon



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11/11/13 3:01 P

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I definitely try to! Usually one day during the weekend

You gotta do what you gotta do!


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I don't necessarily plan to rest but somehow, some days, it just doesn't happen. I try to keep it to 2 days a week.



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Yes - Fridays



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Sundays are my rest day. I may walk to church (about 2 miles round trip), but my muscles definitely need that rest.

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Yes, usually Sunday and Wednesday.

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11/11/13 7:13 A

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Yes, 2 days during the weekend.



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Yes, I take 2 rest days a week. I usually take Sunday (football season, it makes sense) and whatever day I need to during the week. I exercise about 2 hours a day so I need those 2 rest days. Plus they are important to recovery and resting! I rest completely except for normal walking and yoga~

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yes but I end up doing some exercise but not as much


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I usually take active rest days, a walk or some yoga. Every few months I'll even take a rest week and just walk and do yoga. It's an important and often overlooked part of health.

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11/10/13 9:35 P

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yes I do. And I love 'em. :D

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11/10/13 9:29 P

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typically 1-2 days per week...but usually not side by side

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yes...today



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11/10/13 8:38 P

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Yes, Sundays are my rest day.



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no

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.


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Rarely

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No, I do not take a rest day from exercise. However, I have a "choice" day where I can be as active or inactive as I would like. It might be a 10 minute walk and stretch instead of a full 1-hour workout. Or it might be yoga instead of running a few miles, or a 1/2 mile swim instead of 1 mile. You get the idea.
I believe you must keep moving every single day. If you only workout 30 minutes, you are still "resting" some muscles the other 23 1/2 hours of the day!



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Does your heart take a rest from beating or your lungs from breathing! I may do less on a given day but I exercise in some form everyday!

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.


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Sunday is my rest day

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I do. I try to listen to my body and when it feels like it needs a day or two off I take it.

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yes usually Friday and or Saturday



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I just my first rest day on Saturday. I started out exercising 2 months ago just three days a week at first, it quickly escalated to 7 days and I've been really enjoying it. I joined SP last week and read about the importance of rest days, I had a bit of trepidation but decided to take Saturday off, I'm so glad I did! When I danced Sunday my body just naturally wanted to put more bounce in the steps and flex those muscles a bit more, it felt great! I will definitely be doing a rest day every week from now on.

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Yes, I rest on Sundays.

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Yes, one to two days per week are rest days. I do cardio,strength training and yoga 5-6 days per week.

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Yes! 3 days of running, 3 days of strength training, and 1 day of rest! Sometimes, I double up on the strength training and running, therefore, getting a little extra in, but always take a day 100% off of both. I have to do a lot of convincing to myself to not do any exercise, but I know my body needs that recovery.

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I think it's very important to take rest days to allow your body to recover and build strength, especially after a hard workout. On my "rest" days, I only walk the dog.

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Once in a while!

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Definitely. At random. I don't have a regimen of something like 6 on and 1 off or 5 on and 2 off, but for a monthly average, it generally comes out 5-6 on and 1-2 off.

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Yes. My muscles need time to recover and repair. I lift 3 days a week with 20-30 minutes HIIT, 2-45 minute cardio days, 1 yoga day and one recovery day (every Sunday). If I really need it I take 2 days. Sometimes I still do some "fun", light cardio on my rest day, like hiking.

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yup



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Absolutely. It's important to listen to your body.



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Yes, they are necessary not to burn out. It doesn't mean I do nothing that day, just that I choose a different routine that may not be as intensive, for example take a walk rather than do the elliptical.



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rest days are necessary to not get burned out or overworked.



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I just finished two months of working out everyday. So, no, I'm not very good about taking rest days. That being said, I started a new plan on Monday (for a triathlon), and it calls for a rest day every Friday. My goal for November is to follow that plan exactly. I suffered through a rest day yesterday and I can honestly say I feel rested and ready for today's hard workouts.



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I alternate easy/hard days and sometimes I find that 3 weeks or more go by without a total rest day.

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no

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.


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I don't because if I do I tend to start getting off track. I do, however, do an occasional "exercise light" day.

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I start my week Monday-Sunday with usually 2 days off during the week...I usually take Tuesday and Friday off and workout on the weekends!!



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Oh if only I could!

I find it almost impossible to take rest days, even though I know it is so important.

I workout hard 7 days a week, and even the manager at my gym has spoken to me a few times about incorporating a rest day - but I'm my own worst enemy and think that if I miss a workout then I'm being lazy and will pile on the weight.

Silly I know, but there we are - and it's threads like this one that make me re-evaluate things and start thinking about how important rest days are, especially as I get older and it takes my body longer to recover from working out.



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11/1/13 10:15 P

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I take anywhere from one to three rest days per week. (If I take three, it means I'm slacking on my strength training, but that does happen sometimes.) I need that day to just chill and relax!



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11/1/13 4:17 P

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I do my cardio 5 days/week (Monday-Friday; in the mornings) and strength training 3 days/week. I try to have one or two days of rest each week (Saturday and Sunday).

Although, Sunday afternoons tend to be a good day to do strength training. If I do any kind of cardio on Saturday, it would be riding my bike. That is if I can't get at least two afternoons of cycling in during the week. It varies from week to week, but for the most part I try to have a day or two of rest. A lot depends on what my schedule allows me to do. Sometimes, I enjoy an extra workout (doesn't always feel like a workout because I am enjoying it - i.e., hiking).



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11/1/13 3:32 P

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I was just curious if anyone takes either one rest day or days off of exercising.
For example if you were to work out Monday through Friday, take some rest days during the weekend.
Or workout Monday through Saturday and rest on Sunday.

I'm wondering if I'm the only one that does this, or if it's preferred to work out everyday.

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