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3/28/12 1:33 P

I rotate the muscle groups, and very very rarely take a day completely off. Motivated by intense fear of ever getting back to where I was before I started this journey.

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3/28/12 10:33 A

Depends. If its a scheduled rest day I feel fine about them. If its unscheduled because I honestly didn't have time to exercise, or like yesterday I had an ear infection and just started antibiotics; it made me feel lazy. But I know that I need a rest days and after I have them I usually feel stronger and do better on my workout the next day.

Jan: 145 lbs
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3/28/12 10:27 A

they are a must. love them.

"If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results" - Jack Dixon

3/28/12 10:10 A

LOVE them--re-engergize me physically and mentally

Margaret--Spring, TX
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3/28/12 9:50 A

I know I need them but I inevitably feel guilty for having them! It's insane but it's almost like I hate to lose if one or two days I don't workout I feel like I REALLY have to work very hard to MAKE myself on that 3rd day. I wish I wasn't an all or nothing girl but I am and I hate to lose momentum so taking those days here and there tends to make me feel badly. emoticon

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3/27/12 5:45 P

feels great!

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3/27/12 11:11 A

I am trying to get in the mindset of exercising everyday as that is the only thing that will really shift those few pounds as diet alone is not enough. I've not had a great day today as my friend took me for lunch and I didn't overdo the food and I fetched the horse from the field, groomed her,tacked her up and then we rode for a good 3 miles before walking back to the field. I also helped my friend clean her horse trailer out so although I maybe had a few too many calories at lunch (no alcohol) I have exercised quite a bit and I still have to rug horses and feed them later so thats more walking back and forth and I will do my fifteen mins in front of tv exercising tonight.

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3/22/12 12:00 P

i know rest days are good for you, but i feel like such a slacker if i take a day off from exercise

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3/22/12 11:36 A

I always have to do a little bit of SOMETHING on a rest day just to keep my mind sane. My workouts are the best time I schedule every day to clear my head and if I gave that up on a rest day who knows what would happen :) nothing too intense, but enough to keep me going!

3/22/12 9:05 A

I love my rest days. I used to feel so guilty about taking a day off, but I've come to realize they are critical to my continued success. I take at least 1/week and sometimes 2.

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PATTIMET Posts: 649
3/22/12 9:03 A

I feel lazy on rest days, I usually walk, relaxing one on the beach or maybe some Wii Just Dance - otherwise I feel like I'm being too lazy.

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3/22/12 8:45 A

It's great to do yoga on your rest days. You're not only improving your body through yoga, but also allowing yourself to mentally connect with your goals.

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3/5/12 9:18 A

Feels great

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3/5/12 6:16 A

I walk everyday even on rest days. nothing better than walking

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3/5/12 3:46 A

I find that I actually lose weight after a rest day. I suppose because my muscles are letting go of the water weight that they hang onto when I exercise? Anyways, rest days are good, I have 2 a week! I still move, but I don't exercise. I am always moving with my job, so it isn't like I am glued to a couch or anything.


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3/5/12 2:00 A

I know that rest days are important so I don't feel guilty - but I usually try to do something light like a long walk in the neighborhood.

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3/4/12 9:23 P

Rest days do not mean sloth/couch potato turn into a lump days they mean you do not do a dedicated workout those days. You find some form of activity which keeps you moving those days, recreational sports, pleasure bike riding, paddling a canoe or even doing some vigorous gardening. They are days you control your calories with cheating in moderation.

They are required for your success in your programme and for making being healthy and fit a life journey. Losing fat and keeping it off is not a time limited or one time event it is they way you will life the rest of your life.

Edited by: SERGEANTMAJOR at: 3/5/2012 (12:52)

It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs

Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

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3/4/12 7:30 P

on my rest days I may not do a formal workout, but I do try to move. Wednesday is a rest day for me, so I don't go to the gym or go running, but I attend a bible study at a church half a mile from my house and I walk there and back.

FARIS71 Posts: 492
3/4/12 6:49 P

Funny you should ask. I've been sick this weekend and did not work out yesterday or today. I wouldn't feel too guilty except yesterday was also a rotten eating day. But today has been better and tomorrow will be better still. Darn it.

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3/4/12 6:46 P

Built in rest days are an important part of your training week. I am training for a fall marathon and have 2 easy days each week. They keep you from getting injured and allow your body to rebuild and become stronger. I don't feel one bit guilty about taking them.

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3/4/12 6:20 P

I believe a rest day from structured exercise is important and should be enjoyed guilt free. However I do not believe it means not continuing your active lifestyle such as enjoying going on daily walks, bike rides, playing basketball, tennis and the like.

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9/26/11 5:24 P

Rest is just as good for your body as exercising. However, not healthy to rest 7 days a week.

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9/26/11 2:20 P

"Do you feel like you should do a little something to convince yourself that you will not put on weight if you don't workout on a rest day?"

Nope, rest days are an important part of my healthy lifestyle. I know that I will NOT gain weight if I take a day off from exercise or have a situation where I can't exercise. Why ? Because I know I eat right. When it comes to weight loss or gain, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy.

You can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. At some point, bad eating habits do catch up to a person. This is why I know I won't gain weight on days I don't exercise. it's because I know I eat right.

Also, even if I did gain weight on a day I didn't exercise, it wasn't because I gained "fat". It's because I'm retaining water. Unless a person eats at least 5,000+ calories, they will not gain a pound of fat in a day.

one pound of fat = 3,500 calories.

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9/26/11 1:53 P

I believe that rest days are good for my body. I do know if I eat right and workout when I plan that I will not gain weight.

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9/26/11 1:27 P

You will not put on weight during a rest day unless you overeat. If you stay within your range it will be fine. Also, fitness gains happen on rest days as it gives your body to to make repairs. Many find they lose fat better if they have regular rest days and ocasional light or rest weeks. Intense planned programs like P90x include a rest day and a rest week (well lighter active recovery) once every 4 weeks or so. Rest does a body good.

However, I get that you might be afraid to lose the momentum of your routine. When I first started, I felt I needed to do something for my fitness every day to keep in the routine. For some people this really helps stay on track. If that is you... You do not need to be absolutely sedentary on a rest day the idea is just don't challenge your muscles too much as you want to give them time to recover. Some ideas of how to use a rest day that might even help you recover better: take a leisurely walk, bike ride or swim (but no pushing yourself), spend time stretching and doing foam roller massage, do some gentle restorative yoga (probably not power yoga on a rest day). The idea is choose activities that are gentle for your heart, lung, muscles, bones and joints on your rest days and most likely these activities should feel good and refreshing.

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9/26/11 1:16 P

I usualy do yoga on my rest days. I'm in the habit of exercising every day and I just don't feel right if I'm not doing something! I'll go for a light jog with my husband or just a walk.

9/26/11 12:25 P

I call my rest days - light activity days.

I still get lots of movement in but do not do structered walk or anything.

I usually use my day to learn a new move/routine

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9/26/11 12:11 P

I took rest days and felt bad because I didn't make my 10000 steps on Saturday and Sunday. Maybe rest day just means light and no overexertion. I believe on my rest days I'll go walking at a moderate pace to get my steps in

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9/26/11 9:10 A


Rest/recovery times vary widely amongst individuals. I am currently reading a great book by Sage Rountree titled The Athlete's Guide to Recovery. Remember the body makes the adaptation to exercise when we are not exercising therefore we should underestimate the power of rest. But how much is too little and too much depends on you and your situation. If you are afraid to take a day off because of weight gain, that won't happen. Listen to your body and do what is best for you, after all we are all an experiment of one.

I hope this helps!

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9/26/11 9:06 A

Rest days are actually not completely rest days.. We have to get those 10,000 steps in- we can walk em, but shouldn't run them... Efter years of running nasty things like runners knees and worn out joints happen to people whom don't learn to slow down the pace.. Speaking from experience- I use to be able to run 20 odd kms no problems but not anymore..

There is a reason we have calorie range- low end for little or no exercise the hight range for heavy exercise days..

This calculator shows how to use the calorie range in relationship to both cardio and weight training.. If your eating efter output nothing to worry about.. Guessing makes rest days not so enjoyable not understanding the rules..

If I am doing little or no exercise and feel hungry I can always eat a little more to combat the feeling and low blood sugar- but some people think they can just eat up the high end- that is also okay "if" your doing the work!

Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 9/26/2011 (09:10)
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9/26/11 8:41 A

I run 3-5 miles on my rest days. Lately I've been doing run-walk to make sure I keep it S-L-O-W.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 9/26/2011 (08:42)
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9/26/11 8:33 A

I just do something light (Sundays tend to be my rest days, both from working out and school). But I'm not overly worried about putting on weight (since I only track my weight once a week), and I just keep my calorie intake on the low end of my range.

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9/26/11 8:31 A

Do you feel like you should do a little something to convince yourself that you will not put on weight if you don't workout on a rest day?

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