Can and should I be exercising every day?

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Posted: 02 Aug 2010, 11:37
I was doing my workout on EA Active and noticed that it advises that you take a day off for every 2 or 3 days of workouts. I really enjoy exercising and do it every day. Should I be taking a day off or is it OK to workout every day as long as I change it up? I don't normally do the same routine every day, but vary it with yoga, aerobics, strength, and resistance training.

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Posted: 02 Aug 2010, 12:03

It's fine to exercise every day, as long as you vary what you're doing, & listen to your body--resting when you need to. These "rules" that come out are just silly. Use common sense and listen to your body.
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Posted: 02 Aug 2010, 12:03
It's mostly important to take a day off if the intensity of your workout is very high. For instance, if you do strength/resistance training, it is advised to take a few days off before working out the same muscle. You can, however, do resistance training every day if you just keep hitting different muscles ever day. That way, you're giving each muscle at least a week to recover.
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Posted: 02 Aug 2010, 12:05
I am under the impression that Aerobics can and should be done daily, but the resistance training should be every-other-day to allow the muscles time to heal, repair, strengthen - - if you are just starting out anyway, not sure if that changes as you progress or not - never made it that far.


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Posted: 02 Aug 2010, 17:45
Thank you all very much for your imput. I'm glad that I won't need to take any days off. Exercise gives me such an excellent feeling that I don't want to go without. I will definitely pay attention to the resistance part of my program though to rest the different muscle groups. You guys are the best!

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Posted: 03 Aug 2010, 18:40
If we're talking about cardio, I think it depends on how long each of your workout sessions are...I love working out too and I literally have to force myself to not workout each day...but when I ignore that and do it anyways I tend to get that over training feeling...fatigued mainly leading to not wanting to do much for a while, and then i get bored with working out. but if I keep it at like 5 days a week then I give my muscles an opportunity to rest and regen and I look forward to my workouts...but some people have a lot of stamina so with that I would only suggest refueling with carbs and protein to feed your muscles and at least taking a day or so off every couple of weeks to keep your body a break. and I also as mentioned above varying your workouts because if your body gets used to you doing the same thing everyday it won't be as effective.
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Posted: 03 Aug 2010, 21:20
I agree TOTALLY with listen to your body. If your body wants to it!!!
I also heard from gym trainer rotate the muscles you work to give them a rest. So I personally think with common sense.....exercise everyday ( if your UP for it) can't possibly be bad!!!! Smile

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