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2/14/12 7:15 A

emoticon You sure do exercise intensely! I just started on the program and your idea of an easy exercise day (yoga/elliptical) is still a hard one for me. I could not imagine having the energy to do a Zumba class. I do one spinning class a week and the rest of my exercise program is more strengthening and toning. I can't take all that cardio. But maybe as I become used to exercising, the body will accommodate itself to harder routines. I don't know how you even manage the elliptical. I used that thing a couple of times and I either kept falling off or just could not manage the pedals so I moved on to the easier treadmill.

However, even though most of my classes are in the toning and muscle strength areas, I make sure to do 5 minutes of elliptical (I can handle 5 minutes of that monster) and 15 minutes of the treadmill so I can at least get 20 minutes of cardio a day. And, of course, that spin class gives me enough cardio to last a year! Keep up the good work!

EASTENDCLAM Posts: 2,760
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KAVDEO Posts: 120
2/14/12 3:41 A

I normally take a weekday off instead of weekend. If i am travelling or busy on weekends then then that I count as my rest day. But on an average one day of the rest per week

BAMBI31311 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/13/12 12:12 P

Usually do something every day, but depends on how many body is actually feeling, if my muscles have recouperated.

GAYEPB SparkPoints: (0)
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2/13/12 11:42 A

2 if you mean from work but I workout every day

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2/13/12 11:42 A

One "active" rest day

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (212,829)
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2/13/12 11:37 A

Sometimes 1 day, sometimes none. I do ST every second day; aquafit twice a week and treadmill 4-5 times a week.

KYJO2000 SparkPoints: (7,831)
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2/13/12 11:12 A

complete days off: 2 saturday and on Mo We Fr....strength train on Tu Th

JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,622)
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2/13/12 11:10 A

I started out with just Sunday off. But since I have been increasing my cardio and Exercise every week I noticed my shins were recovering slower than when I was younger. So I have now chosen to take Saturday off too. I'm no longer trying to be a BUFF young man or thinking about competition status, I'm just wanting to be healthy and Fit. I've lost 5.3 lbs in 3 weeks, so I'm right on track. I think this will work best for me at my age at this time.

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2/13/12 10:56 A


KAUDREY318 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/13/12 10:53 A

The day sometimes varies, but usually only 1; some weeks none. I vary cardio and strength, and stick to 3x a week strength. In January, my goal was to exercise every day, and I did, but there were definitely a few days where I felt like my body could use a day off. So, I changed my goals for February to something else. I took off yesterday...

DSBSTEXAS Posts: 260
2/13/12 10:39 A

usually 0, but I only workout for short periods of time.

WILLOLEVIN SparkPoints: (41,176)
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2/13/12 10:37 A

My plan requires 4 days of cardio and 3 of strength training, but I've been hitting 5 days of cardio per week pretty consistently.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, I'm too busy with my kids to fit in gym time, so those tend to be my least active days, which is fine since they follow more intense days with my trainer.

I wouldn't count taking a walk or doing normal, lower-intensity life activities as negating a "rest" day, however. Human beings were designed to move themselves around every single day! :)

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2/13/12 10:16 A

Saturdays and Sundays.

SWEETDARLA SparkPoints: (0)
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2/13/12 9:13 A

Saturdays and Sundays are my rest days. Was toying with the idea of adding another rest day because the DVD workout I do is wiping me out.

MSGNOME Posts: 555
2/12/12 10:51 P

I have a couple days off a week, depending on what's going on and how I'm feeling.

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2/11/12 7:39 A

I get in a major funk if I don't get at least a exercise. I take one "rest" day that usually involves some walking or recumbent bike at a very casual pace.

STEPHKD SparkPoints: (29,807)
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2/11/12 1:10 A

Usually 2, but always at least 1 and no more than 3. I was doing no rest days, hit a plateau that lasted a while, and broke through it by upping calories and taking a break from exercising. Now I make sure I rest even if I don't feel I need to.

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2/11/12 12:49 A

I typically have 1-2, no more than three. I prefer to just have one, but I'm trying to learn to listen to my body if it wants rest :)

JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,622)
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2/11/12 12:00 A

Sunday is my day of rest.

2/10/12 11:19 P

I dont have a rest day because I know that one day off could quickly turn into two weeks off. However, I have 3 days of very hard workouts (trainer, boot camp), and alternate those with medium workouts (spinning/Zumba) & one easy day (yoga/elliptical). The variety helps, I definitely couldn't do the same thing every day.

NIGHTFLOWER03 Posts: 441
2/10/12 10:41 P

I take usually one day a week off for rest. If I take more than that I risk losing my momentum. If you don't want to take a rest day then you should at least have a day or two during the week where you lighten your workout a bit. Just to give your body a chance to recover some.

GAZGINA SparkPoints: (26,142)
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2/10/12 10:11 P

I don't take days off either for the most part, not unless I'm sick and feel I really need it. I do have at least one slower day though, where I might just stretch or go for a walk. Something, but nothing too rigorous.

CATDAN SparkPoints: (7,979)
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2/10/12 9:18 P

ARCHIMEDESII is very wise.

Your body does need recovery time between very intense activities.

Personally, I have 3-4 very active days, with the balance having only low intensity activites (like walking).

NARRIE1989 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/10/12 4:34 P

l take 1 day's break so l can go to church

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (79,152)
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2/10/12 2:49 P

I do predominantly HIIT and some old school ST. I try to give myself 2 days off, although I would prefer to workout. I found that I recover fully from all the exercise that I do if I take off 2 days a week.

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2/10/12 2:21 P

one or sometimes two

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BLONDIEGRRL Posts: 1,174
2/10/12 10:31 A

One, but sometimes I walk 2-3 miles on my rest day. I have a hard time sitting still!

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2/10/12 7:26 A

I try to keep it to one a week

JFOLTZ321 SparkPoints: (11,554)
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2/10/12 6:18 A

1 maybe 2. My body tells me when it's had enough!! You all sound like your doing what your bodies want, great job!!

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2/10/12 5:54 A


CHRISTINA791 SparkPoints: (71,498)
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2/10/12 1:11 A

I do three days of strength and five days of cardio (currently almost all running, since I'm training for a race). Combined, I have one full rest day and one day where I only do ST.

I decided in the beginning that I couldn't set up a routine I couldn't follow forever. In the past, I'd go for streaks without stopping, and as soon as I broke, I'd give up. Aiming for five days of activity (four in my first month) was much more reasonable, and something I feel I can sustain forever.

IODOMFIT Posts: 276
2/9/12 8:59 P

1-2 days a week

2/9/12 8:45 P

2 or 3

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2/9/12 6:13 P


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2/9/12 4:50 P

1-2 days off from a routine, but I still power clean or do something active

KRISTYLH7 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/9/12 4:33 P

2 days.....but I haven't gotten up to really working very hard at this yet. That is going to take a while because I have Fibro.
But I am really looking forward to shedding some #'s SOON ! emoticon

FARRAH511 Posts: 2,639
2/9/12 4:12 P

One or two days a week.

TOTALPACKAGE12 SparkPoints: (15,130)
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2/8/12 9:38 P

At one time I wasn't taking any days off and did (45 days straight). I was doing 2 a days. Hard core cardio in the AM and strength train or Zumba in the evening. I was scared to take a day off because like you said 1 becomes 2 and so on. Well my body told me to take a break. I realized I was overtraining. So now I listen to my body and take one day off (Saturday). I think you have to be rigid about your schedule. Set a particular day off. If you change you will make excuses. After making working out a habit your body craves working out and so taking one day off won't hurt like it did in the past.


TACDGB Posts: 6,136
2/8/12 7:46 P

2 days a week for rest.

ZENABEAN Posts: 186
2/8/12 1:32 P

1-2 days, not in a row, depending on how many calories I burned that week.

EMMANYC Posts: 1,702
2/8/12 1:22 P

Usually, two days per week. Typically, I work out 2 days on, 1 day off (although on my day off I probably still walk 15 minutes in each direction to and from the office).

LUCKYNUMBER23 SparkPoints: (12,425)
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2/8/12 1:20 P

I strength train every other day and do cardio about 5x a week. If I have a day that I stay at the gym for 2 hours, I might take off the next day.

2/8/12 10:27 A

thanks for the replies. I never have a day where i dont walk, we dont drive plus i have an active dog with no back yard. i walk so much though even while very overweight, so i dont really count it as exercise ykwim, I will stick to my challenge with one day off a week and go from there :).

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
2/8/12 10:20 A

I work out 5 days a week. Weekends I take off. I might walk around the mall or go hiking or for a walk with my family or do some yoga or an extra cardio ssession here or there, but I do not have any planned exercise.

Edited by: JENMC14 at: 2/8/2012 (10:21)
ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (198,759)
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2/8/12 10:18 A

I take at least one rest day per week. Rest doesn't necessarily mean you're not doing anything. It could be an active recovery. An active recovery would be engaging in a low impact cardiovascular type of exercise like a walk. You could even do a yoga class as long as it wasn't something intense like bikram or power yoga. I find a good stretch (at least 60+ minutes) helps my muscles recover from an intense workout.

How many rest days should a person take ? It depends on how intense your workouts are. If your workouts are very intense, you could need 2-3 days of recovery. But if you're taking a daily walk, that's fine. No reason a person can't walk every single day. However, people do need to be careful how much intense exercise they do. Too much intense exercise without rest can cause a person's immune system to weaken and break down.

Learn to listen to your body. If you feel fatigued, take a day off. Do some type of low impact activity or something significantly less intense if you want to do something. No one will consider you a slacker if you take a day off here and there. Those rest days are important because they allow your muscle fibers to repair. If your muscle fibers don't get a chance to repair, they'll never get stronger.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 2/8/2012 (10:42)
GBTRACKIN Posts: 274
2/8/12 10:15 A

I don't take days off, because I know from experience that one day turns into two, turns into a week, a month, etc. But I do have days where I'm not all out. Show up. Moving is better than not moving are a couple of my mottos.

2/8/12 10:08 A

Just curious. I just finished the 30 day shred and didnt rest at all. I want to rest.. I intend to rest one day a week on the new challenge I am part of for Feb, just wondering what everyone else does. I know my muscles need to rest but I will admit after 30 straight days of no rest, one day will become two, and so on and so on ykwim.

So what do you do?

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