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July 23, 2011 8:15 PM
I was just wondering, should you exercise 7 days a week? Or should you have a rest day? Or should you do hard cardio 6 days a week and just walk on the 7th? What do you do??
July 23, 2011 8:17 PM
I do hard cardio 7 days a week. I am new to diet & exercise so I may be doing this wrong. Good topic!
July 23, 2011 8:18 PM
rest is important so your muscles have time to recover. When you exercise, it 'breaks down' your muscles, and you need to rest for them 're-build'.
July 23, 2011 8:19 PM
i have 6 days a week where i will always exercise. then on sunday ill just go for a walk by choice because i never get the chance too. i think either have 1 day off or one day where you will tone it down and do some light enjoyable exercise.
July 23, 2011 8:20 PM
I take it easy at least once a week. For example, today was my easy day this week. I did go to the gym and did an easy half hour on the elliptical. Usually I walk on my easy days but it's just too hot outside and I don't like the treadmill. In my opinion rest days are a good idea. I take them when I feel like my body is telilng me too. Today when I woke up I just felt exhausted. Some people, however, work out 7 days a week and are fine.

I'm a strong believer in the "listen to your body" approach.

July 23, 2011 8:20 PM
I try to do cardio everyday, but switch it up. My normal routine while home from school during the summer is four days of treadmill/elliptical and weights, two spinning/cycling classes a week, and one Body Combat class a week. If I have time, I also combine yoga in. :)
July 23, 2011 8:20 PM
I was told the same thing- that you should rest at least 1 day per week. Curious to see what others thoughts are....
July 23, 2011 8:20 PM
I was told at least 4 days a week. How long do you exercise?
July 23, 2011 8:22 PM
I think you need a rest day at least once a week. I know I get drained if I don't take a day off. I do a variety of cardio, kettle bells, zumba and yoga. For me, I found adding weights helped with the weight loss. I started just doing cardio for a while, but the weights help with my strength and weight loss tremendously.
July 23, 2011 8:26 PM
I am also a believer in the "listen to your body" approach. I would say that most weeks I work out almost everyday, but I don't go hard everyday and I don't always do the same things. I definitely give myself easy days where I do a quick 20 min low impact workout and then go for a walk, or something like that.
July 23, 2011 8:28 PM
I say listen to your body. For me, I have better eating and sleeping habits on days I work out. So I just work out according to how I feel. I try to run 3-4 days a week, swim on off days. If I feel too tired I will just walk the dog or something.
July 23, 2011 8:32 PM
I take one day off for absolute rest. no gym, no hard cardio, no fat burn, just chilling out. I take another day of the week for "light exercise. Maybe a a walk around the neighborhood, or to a park or something.
Overdoing it can be just as bad as not doing enough. My routine looks something like this (though I do switch it up periodically to keep myself in check) might be useful for some ideas. Hope it helps =)

Mon: Morning: Stretching/Pushup routine; Afternoon: Gym for hard cardio on stairmaster, treadmill, or elliptical

Tues: Morning: Stretching/Squats/Abs routine; Afternoon: Gym for extended fat-burn exercises

Wednesday: Morning: Stretching/Pushup routine; Afternoon: Walk around the neighborhood, very light exercise (rest day)

Thursday: Morning: Stretching/Squats/Abs routine: Afternoon: Gym for extended fat-burn routine

Friday: Morning: Stretching/pushup routine: Afternoon: Weight vest long-walk

Saturday: Morning: Stretching only. Rest and hydrate all day

Sunday: Light stretching and calisthenics + go do something fun outside of the gym. (swim, bike, walk, jog, hike, whatever, as long as it's outside and different).

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