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12/9/12 3:34 P

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I also think a rest day helps you allow yourself to take a break. There will be days when you aren't perfect, when you splurge on a mocha or a pice of cake, or when you just don't exercise. Be the best you can most of the time, and allow yourself to be human at least once a week!

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12/8/12 3:53 P

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Welcome to the team!! It's great to have you on board!

Life is for living!

Don't let yourself down.


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12/8/12 1:16 P

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Thank you! Your posts actually make a lot of sense. And this would be especially wise for me, because I'm constantly going over fitness minute goals and under calorie goals. I'm switching out cardio for gentle yoga a couple times a week. Hopefully that will count as a "rest day" that benefits my flexibility, too!

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12/8/12 1:18 A

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I've found for me, that if I let myself have a day of rest not only do I have more energy the next day... It keeps me from overdoing it and my whole body feels healthier. If I'm realllllly tired, it's time to rest. And if I'm not I have to be disciplined and exercise.

I don't strength strain often so I don't need to let my muscles "repair" as much. I stationary bike for 40-60 minutes 4-6xper week.

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12/7/12 5:47 P

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If you overexercise everyday, you don't allow your muscles to repair. When you exercise, or put your muscles under stress, you are tearing the muscle in a healthy way, so the rest days allow your muscles to repair and get stronger.

Even when I train for half marathons, I take one rest day a week. That doesn't mean you have to do no exercise, it could just be that you do light stretches and Pilates.

It's an individual choice, but I do find that if I have given my muscles time off, the next run or training session I do feels easier.

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12/6/12 10:18 P

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I just joined SparkPeople yesterday, and I'm already loving it and this team. But I noticed that among the group goals, there was one I didn't understand.

Why should I consider taking a rest day each week? I guess I'm coming from an "exercise every day or it won't work" past, but I've always assumed that rest days were a sign you were cheating yourself.

I can be sold, though (lol). Anyone care to explain?

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