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BERKANA_T Posts: 138
5/30/13 12:10 P

I generally do cardio every day, but if my body says it needs a break, I take a break. I generally alternate light cardio days with more intense days. I find that I feel good on the days that I do exercise, and I was not feeling so good on my rest days, so I adjusted my work out plans to make sure I got something in every morning, just for the boost that it gives my day. But those light work out days tend to be very light, so not much different than someone taking a walk through the neighbourhood.

AMANDANCES Posts: 2,048
5/30/13 11:11 A

Because I'm a dancer, I am doing SOMETHING physical every day, but it's not what I count as "exercise" because it's my daily routine. I try to walk with my baby 5 times a week, and do strength training 3 times a week, with the odd Tae Bo video thrown in here and there for 2-3 times a week. I take off about 2 days a month and TRY to do nothing, but on those days I usually end up doing housework or working in my yard, but I don't really count that as exercise.

RONSWIFE1028 SparkPoints: (13,917)
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5/30/13 10:07 A

I took a 3 day rest won't rest again for about 2 weeks.

KEEP_GOING247 Posts: 2,350
5/29/13 7:54 P

Sundays are usually my day off too

HEATHERSTHPW68 SparkPoints: (152,824)
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5/29/13 7:40 P

Sundays are my day off to relax and recuperate!

KELLY_R Posts: 3,059
5/29/13 7:28 P

I give myself one rest day a week, sometimes two.

After three months of consecutive exercise, I'll sometimes give myself an entire week off.

That doesn't mean I just sit in bed for a whole week... I may do something kind of active, but I don't even particularly try to do something active, either, during a rest day or week.

TERESAMUS SparkPoints: (0)
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5/29/13 7:03 P

I like to exercise everyday. On the days I don't exercise I feel bad.

TCANNO SparkPoints: (352,567)
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5/29/13 6:26 P

cardiac exercise every day

RONSWIFE1028 SparkPoints: (13,917)
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5/29/13 5:52 P

I exercise everyday until I my body says okay I need a break or when my in-laws come and visit but when the come we stay so busy I can count some of the days they are here as having done light exercise all day but other than that I push my self until I just can't do anymore I love the way exercise make me feel.

ZRIE014 Posts: 69,226
5/28/13 12:24 A


LUCASMOM2003 SparkPoints: (45,806)
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5/28/13 12:22 A

I do cardio and strength everyday...

ELLI20 Posts: 4,467
5/28/13 12:05 A

sometimes I have a rest day in between

AKALEI349 Posts: 114
5/27/13 11:41 P

I try to working out every day, sometimes I miss one or two a month.

BARBANNA SparkPoints: (108,384)
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5/27/13 7:13 P

Yes, I might miss one day or two in a 5 month period.

FIELDWORKING SparkPoints: (29,946)
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5/27/13 6:10 P

I exercise 5 days per/week (cardio 5 days, ST 3 days) with 2 consecutive days off. Ok, sometimes, I will do strength training on a Saturday (it's still 3 days of ST), leaving me with one day where I don't do any exercise at all. To paraphrase MPLANE37, I'd exercise everyday if I kept the intensity low enough.

I enjoy having my weekends off from exercise. Though, when I visited my parents for a couple of weeks in December (for Christmas). I walked 6 days a week. I didn't have access to the gym so I walked. It snowed on Christmas day and wasn't able to walk the day after Christmas but I did a short video (to get some kind of movement).

ELLI20 Posts: 4,467
5/27/13 5:42 P

I am trying to exercise just about every day.

NICKY51 SparkPoints: (31,578)
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5/27/13 4:58 P

think l'm going to have a complete rest for a week or two, just feel burnt out emoticon

5/26/13 8:09 A

Yes, I exercise every day. But it's so natural now, because I've been doing ti for so long, that I don't even think of it as exercise. it's just my walks or my zumba class or my Pilates or my resistance bands play time to me.

KEEPITUP05 SparkPoints: (27,274)
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5/25/13 9:22 P

1 day of rest sometimes two. emoticon

NICKY51 SparkPoints: (31,578)
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5/25/13 4:05 P

Looked after my 2 year old granddaughter for 3 days, best work out ever, but need a rest now lol

BRANDON504 SparkPoints: (101,733)
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5/25/13 12:52 P

Your body needs at least a day or two to rest.

FORTY2014 SparkPoints: (2,182)
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5/24/13 11:16 P

NoI don't excrise everyday but I live on a farm and I try to tell mysel to clean a room a day. Get outside and do farm work. Trying to make natural excrise goals but when I don't get to it... I feel as I let myself down or I have to make up for it.

LRSILVER SparkPoints: (208,987)
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5/24/13 4:03 P

I exercise every day.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (79,152)
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5/24/13 3:21 P

I get at least 2 rest days. I would be able to exercise everyday if I keep the intensity low enough, but that would not be helpful either for fat loss or for getting fit.

ELLI20 Posts: 4,467
5/24/13 1:16 P

yes, I exercise just about every day

Edited by: ELLI20 at: 5/26/2013 (08:50)
WOUJER Posts: 32
5/24/13 12:45 P

I did not know that Strength Training was more important than cardio for fat loss. Hmmm... I'm going to have to step it up. I hardly ever do because I don't know how to calculate calories burned. I know ... not all that logical, but I'm into recording my exercise. It's like working for a good grade, to me.

5/24/13 10:24 A

The first point I would make is that exercise is not the key to fat loss, nutrition (diet) is.Working out 7 days a week is a bit self defeating, your body needs the rest. Three days a week of strength training (the most important form of exercise for fat loss according to the current research)and two days of cardio is fine. Select some form of active recreation for the non workout days and you will do fine and get the results you want if your nutrition is under control.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (248,668)
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5/24/13 10:07 A

exercising every day is kind of the norm for me. A 'day off' would be only doing a Pilates workout.

a 'normal' week -
Mon - AM upper body / PM spin
Tue - AM lower body / PM spin
Wed - AM upper body / PM spin
Thu - AM lower body / PM spin
Fri - AM Tabata / PM bike ride or yard work
Sat - AM Spin or run / PM yard work
Sun - AM run / PM Spin

but...if I feel tired, or I want to sleep in, or something comes up, I don't feel bad about missing a workout.

MOTHERBOARDER SparkPoints: (285,015)
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5/24/13 9:58 A


BARBANNA SparkPoints: (108,384)
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5/24/13 8:40 A

I don't miss a day unless I just can't work it into my schedule. That makes for a rough schedule but I manage it.

SKINMINA SparkPoints: (41,498)
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5/24/13 8:21 A

I appreciate all of the input. I am going to try light walking for two days a week, instead of working out intensely every day. We'll see whether that will work for me. emoticon

VRS8440 Posts: 4,016
5/23/13 4:07 P


NICKY51 SparkPoints: (31,578)
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5/23/13 3:28 P

I used to exercise every day, but l have better results if l have a couple of rest days each week.

COOKIE352 Posts: 443
5/23/13 3:15 P

I exercise everyday an hour or more. I mix it up Walking,Jogging, BootCamp, Hip Hop Abs,Cycling etc... emoticon emoticon

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5/23/13 1:59 P


5/23/13 12:32 P

I try to do something every day... not necessarily strenuous each day.

SATTVA Posts: 874
5/23/13 11:51 A

Resting sometimes includes restorative yoga or a short walk in a beautiful place!

Edited by: SATTVA at: 5/23/2013 (11:51)
TREADIN4BSP Posts: 884
5/23/13 11:35 A

I rest at least one day per week. sometimes two. On my rest day, I don't work out to sweat and push myself, but try to have active time. If you work hard when you work out, you know that in addition to your muscles being tired you are also more susceptible to injury. For me, I enjoy my rest day a a that I don't get burned out.

WAYCAT Posts: 1,012
5/23/13 11:26 A

I workout every day of the week, but I know it's not the best thing really, because as BUUKWORM14 stated, rest days are important - it's during the rest period that your body actually repairs and rebuilds itself, and thus comes back stronger ready for your next workout.

I have read many varying opinions on the merits or not of rest days - some people say it depends on the intensity of your workouts, some people say you can do cardio every day without any ill effects.

But for strength work, if you work your muscles to failure, you need to allow 24-48 hours rest before working those same muscles again to allow the muscle fibres to repair and regrow back stronger.

When I do have the odd rest day, it's usually a day when I have my whole house to clean which takes 7-8 hours - some "rest" day!!!!

Seriously though, especially if you are new to working out, it's easy to be over enthusiastic and burn yourself out through over training, so just listen to your body, enjoy your workouts, and remember if you need to rest, then do - one or two days a week will not sabotage any weight loss progress as long as you eat clean and healthy, and after a rest you will hopefully be raring to go again when it's time for your next workout!

SKINMINA SparkPoints: (41,498)
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5/23/13 11:22 A

Thanks so much. If the weather is nice, I will take a walk after work, instead of my normal workouts....

BUUKWORM14 SparkPoints: (78,288)
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5/23/13 11:12 A

I workout 4-5 days a week. Your body needs some recovery time. It's great that you want to workout, but taking 1-2 rest days is very healthy. I try to be active every day, so when I don't go to the gym I walk outside for a bit, just to move. Nothing strenuous, 15 minutes or so of sunshine and fresh air.

SKINMINA SparkPoints: (41,498)
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5/23/13 8:48 A

Hi All,

How many of you exercise every single day? I have been exercising (either cardio or strength training) every day without a break and have been thinking of adding one rest day per week.

I don't want to stunt my weight loss efforts, so I really need advice on this.


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