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ETTEZEUS
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6/16/12 11:59 A

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Yes, you can walk every day but the idea behind the rest days is recovery days for your body to rebuild. That is when the process works. You don't get stronger on days you run, you get stronger on days you rest when every thing rebuilds.

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6/13/12 3:49 P

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Today was my first day of this program. For the last month and a half I have been walking every day, sometimes even another short walk with my family at night. I currently walk 2-3.6 mileseach morning (35-60 minutes). I find that keeping my streak going really motivates me. I'm pretty nervous to start having rest days at the same time I am trying to do something harder than normal because there is a greater chance to miss a day and then two, etc. I haven't started strength training yet, which I need to do soon too, but I haven't figured out what to do yet. So my two-part question is this: Is it ok to not have scheduled rest days as your general rule and just do other activities the other four days AND is it ok for walking to be one of those activities? I really don't want to cut out cardio minutes but maybe it would be better for me to get some DVDs or something. Any advice would be great. Thanks!



 
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