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TOPIC: Is it safe to work out more than 5 days a week?

 
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May 9, 2011 7:02 AM
I have been successfully been working out 5 days a week and I am just wondering? I know that your body does need rest days, but I am not quite clear as to why. I feel like I am supposed to keep going but I am not looking to hurt myself or slow my progress at all. What's really the deal with rest days?
  5971561
May 9, 2011 7:09 AM
Well.. those people who do the 30day shred seem to be doing it every day, that's the idea after all. I think it's most important to listen to your body, if you feel fine, you can workout another day. If you feel your muscles being tired, EXTREMELY sore (not just the general soreness after a workout) take a day off. Me, i work out 6 days a week and take a day off on sundays.
May 9, 2011 7:10 AM
I work out 6 days a week. Never hurt me even when I was working out 2 to 3 times a day 7 days a week. To each their own. Your body will let you know.
May 9, 2011 7:14 AM
I work out 5-6 days a week and I'm ok. Of course, if you are doing any strength or weight training, you want to have a day in between to allow your muscles time to repair. Always listen to your body, it'll let you know if you are over-training.
May 9, 2011 7:14 AM
I work out 6 days a week on Insanity....Sunday is an off day....but I had off days when I wasn't doing Insanity though....too....
  4593658
May 9, 2011 7:15 AM
QUOTE:

I work out 6 days a week. Never hurt me even when I was working out 2 to 3 times a day 7 days a week. To each their own. Your body will let you know.


Yes your body will let you know...try an :active" rest day if you want a workout to keep motivated....something light like yoga, stretching or walking
May 9, 2011 7:18 AM
The more of the week you work out the more you might want to switch up your workouts or maybe be more specific with your focus for each workout.
May 9, 2011 7:19 AM
Also, when you first start out it is not uncommon to initially feel tired as your metabolism adjusts. I always encourage at least a day of rest in a given week, and others have said, you need ot give your muscles a day of rest between strength training sessions.
  5224504
May 9, 2011 7:23 AM
I was wondering the same thing myself. I aksed my Doctor. He said listen to your body, if you are not hurting yourself, then go for it. I work out everyday, if I don't, I feel guilty, like I am letting myself down. I wish I could just skip a day, and do absolutely nothing.
  6200667
May 9, 2011 7:31 AM
As long as you get enough sleep and your diet provides your body with the nutrients it needs to not only fuel your workouts but also provide adequate recovery from them, you should be fine.

Also, track your performance during your workouts as well. If you're able to progress, meaning you can lift more weight or perform cardio at a faster pace, you're right on track. If your performance drops off consistently, then you might be over-training and should consider backing off a bit.

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