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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Fitness Minutes: (37,302) Posts: 5,239 12/8/12 3:53 P
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!
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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Fitness Minutes: (56,965) Posts: 2,083 12/7/12 5:47 P
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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