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8/28/18 11:25 A

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Absolutely!

I train for triathlons and long-distance cycling (doing a 100-mile ride in 1.5 weeks!), and I absolutely take rest days where I don't work out. It's really important, especially if you're new to an exercise routine, to give yourself days of rest, or at least of cross training (walk in the pool, or do some upper body strength training instead of walking).

Muscle takes time to rebuild, and the older one gets, the longer it takes. So while a single rest day after a long bike ride may have been enough for a 25-year-old, a 50-year-old of the same athletic ability may require 2-3 rest or low-activity days to fully recover.

Take life one day at a time - enjoy today before you worry about tomorrow.


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8/26/18 10:53 A

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Cheryle, I'm worried that it's going to be hard to return to the routine when you decide on a break. At the same time, you also risk feeling burnt out if you don't rest. What is the recommended game plan? A day off every three days? Is it better to not exercise at all on your day off or still do a simple activity?

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8/25/18 11:35 P

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We really do have to mix it up! A break from one kind of exercise can be another kind, for instance a ten minute stretch on a day you aren't walking.



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8/24/18 1:09 P

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When I start exercising again after a long break, I only exercise every other day for the first few weeks. (Note: I do some light walking on weekdays, about 20 minutes or so, as part of my commute.)

Everybody is different: some people have bodies that can handle moderate-intense cardio or strength workouts every day with only a day off every week or so. Other people (including me) do better if they exercise regularly but less frequently. When I'm in good shape, I do cardio and strength two days on and one day off.

And I've also found that my cardiovascular capacity increases at a faster rate than my body's strength, especially joints etc. In other words, your heart might be ready for frequent 30-60 minute cardio sessions after a couple of weeks, but your joints, muscles and bones probably won't be. Give them time to catch up by taking some time off. If you feel you need to keep up the momentum or risk backsliding, try a different kind of exercise (for a shorter period of time) that is easier on your body on your days off. For example, do an easy stretching video.

My sister (who is one of those people whose bodies can handle a lot of daily exercise) - she is a triathlete who consistently finishes in the top 10 in her age group - also recommends an easy week after 6-8 weeks. During her easy weeks, she might only limit her exercise to some short yoga or pilates workouts or some short, recreational swims, biking or walking. After the week is up, she usually finds that her strength and endurance have increased, and she is less prone to injuries.

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8/17/18 8:47 A

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definitely, it helps your body recovers and prevents you from being burned out.



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8/16/18 9:37 P

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Yes, it helps the muscles recover and prevents burnout



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8/4/18 10:29 A

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8/2/18 5:09 P

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Yes. It is suggested that we take 1 to 2 days as rest days. This allows your body to relax and be ready to go again. emoticon emoticon emoticon



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8/2/18 12:32 P

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Yes-your body needs to rest



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8/1/18 12:03 P

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yes



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8/1/18 9:51 A

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depends~Detraining can lead to muscle loss or atrophy and a decrease in muscle strength within two to six weeks



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8/1/18 1:46 A

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sure!



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yes, muscles needs to rest



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7/30/18 11:03 A

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Muscles need to rest at times. You could do upper body strengthening one day and lower body the next.



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7/30/18 9:06 A

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"Do any of you take a break or do you go, go, go?"
Smart people take a day off and do not "go. go. go" to the point of burnout and/or injury.

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7/30/18 7:17 A

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If your body is telling you take a break, please listen to it. You need time to rest as well.



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7/30/18 6:39 A

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Of course! A healthy workout regimen includes 1 to 2 days of rest. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean you're lounging on the coach during your rest days.

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7/30/18 2:03 A

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Yes of course, it is a must



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7/30/18 1:58 A

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A "day off" or lighter activity Rest Day is VERY important for your muscles to recover. This is especially true if you are just starting out and your muscles are being challenged. In order for them to grow stronger the tissue needs to heal the "micro-tears" that occur in the muscle fiber....

This is another good reason to set up a variety of exercise activities that you enjoy. Rotating your exercise will challenge different muscle groups, allowing healing to take place...and giving you better overall fitness.

You might want to look into some of the SPark Seated videos (they are simple, good starting ones!)) for some introductory strength training short segments to do on alternate days.

Personally, I mix up longer walks with days of bicycling, and throw in "days off" where I do my phys therapy floor exercises, light strength training, and gardening. All the best... enjoy!!
patti

PS I got a chuckle out of your tag line: What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I have some Irish family heritage, and the motto was "Aut vincere, aut mori" (Either conquer or die)…. lets just say neither of us want to worry about the kill you/die part!! emoticon

Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 7/30/2018 (02:01)
Patti
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7/29/18 7:46 P

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I have been doing my walk at home videos for about a week now. I just had to take a break today. I pushed myself yesterday but really wasn't into it. Do any of you take a break or do you go, go, go?

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger...
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