When you are a beginner to exercise it's important to allow your body to heal after you workout. As you get more fit you can increase the frequency and intensity of your sessions and feel less fatigued afterward.
Pounds lost: 21.0
Fitness Minutes: (70,826)
12/8/13 11:14 A
I try to do some sort of exercise everyday. If I don't I get lazy and I don't want to exercise the next day either. It is silly that I sometimes have to force myself to exercise because when I don't exercise it affects my mood and how I feel about myself.
current weight: 180.0
Fitness Minutes: (86,938)
5,764 12/5/13 8:53 A
I take a rest day when I feel physically and mentally exhausted. I try to do what feels right to me at the time. This is about one day a week. I'm a nurse and work three 12 hour shifts on my feet a week, so I don't feel too guilty when I have to take that time. When I used to try to push through it, I felt like my workouts sucked anyway, so it definitely feels better to me to just go with what I'm feeling.
“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” --Christian D. Larson
I take two days off. My goal each week is to work out at least 45 minutes/per day for 5 days (usually I do longer on the weekends). It seems to be working for me. I don't feel lazy on my off days, I feel proud that I've worked out the other five!
I think if I tried to work out every single day, I would be too sore and too tired to go full out. And then I would feel like I was failing. I need to set smaller goals and meet them to feel good about myself. So five days a week works best for me :)
Yes. Today, I probably won't formally workout which sometimes makes me anxious - especially when work, illness, etc. makes it two days in a row. But I have a haircut scheduled for after work, and I have a realtor coming on Friday to look at my place, so I will be cleaning and de-cluttering for an hour or two after I get home. So I will definitely be active most of the evening as I'm trying to get my place as close to show condition as possible.
Edited by: JAMIRBLAZE at: 12/4/2013 (09:16)
September Minutes: 671
Fitness Minutes: (99,878)
12/4/13 8:56 A
Yes, I take days off. I don't think this can be all-consuming all the time forever because that's not sustainable. I work out about 5 days a week and I have no problem sitting on my couch reading a book on the days I don't go.
September Minutes: 602
Fitness Minutes: (86,938)
5,764 12/4/13 8:41 A
My days off vary depending on my work schedule and what I do on that day varies as well. However, if it's due to working a 7-8 hour shift I don't typically worry about it since I'm on my feet running around all day at work :)
But I will also usually throw in a mile walk doing the loop to my mailbox and back so that is an added little bit of movement!
current weight: -3.6 under
Fitness Minutes: (6,555)
12/4/13 8:10 A
With strength training, it's important to take a day off and let your muscles work on repair. For cardio, I don't take a day "off" but I do take days where I don't work as hard. I'll go for an easy walk or do a workout video that's pretty easy.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think - Christopher Robin to Pooh
6 Days until: Fall
Fitness Minutes: (8,051)
12/4/13 5:43 A
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