Post # 1
I keep hearing contradictory things. Is it ok to exercise every day? Could I do The 30 Day Shred, Yoga or Pilates every day? (obviously not all in the same day) If not, how many days is appropriate to exercise?
Post # 3
It’s fine to exercise every day/most days! Just be sure to take a rest or alternate with a different kind of activity if you feel like certain muscles are getting sore/on the verge of injury. I would think, though, that if you previously did not exercise at all that it would be safest to build up slowly to avoid injury. For example, someone starting to take up running should not go from zero to running every single day, and should not increase their mileage more than 10% a week to avoid injury. Pilates/yoga are very different from high-impact cardio, I would imagine that the injury risk with doing them is not the same as the injury risk from, say, running.
Post # 4
I don’t know about the health aspects but I know I get burnt out FAST if I exercise every single day with no break. Right now I do 4-5 days per week, and thats plenty for me even though I am trying to lose weight. In the past, I did work out 7 days a week and did that for a few months. I got so sore and tired that I stopped going for months because I was burnt out. I really think its a good idea to give your body 1 or 2 rest day a week.
Post # 5
Usually with strength training, you should leave 48 hours between working on the same muscle sets (like legs or arms). You can do cardio on the other days or low intensity stretching or mix up the muscles that you work on different days.
Post # 6
You can exercise every day, as long as you make sure you are alternating what you’re working.
I find that I have trouble if I run more than 2-3 days in a row (when I first started running I went 9 days straight… on the 10th day I woke up and couldn’t even stand the pain was so bad). I know some people can run more like 4-5 days but definitely stay away from 9 – that hurt.
You should also avoid strength training the same muscles two days in a row. That’s not to say you can’t lift two days in a row, but if you do make sure you are not using the same muscle sets. I find it works well to run for 2 days and then rest my lower body and lift on the third.
Since yoga, pilates, etc tend to work different muscles in different ways then if you’re alternating between different activities you should be fine. I do think it’s good to take one full off day every once in awhile. I am a bit of a compulsive exerciser and can’t remember the last off day I took… I was doing fine for awhile there but I’m definitely starting to get that allover lingering soreness that tells me rest days are important.
Post # 7
A “Rest Day” is the most important day in any training schedule. Every running magazine/guru/trainer will tell you that.
There should be one day a week that you let your muscles heal. Stretching is fine, but I would honestly take a real rest day once per week. Do you have to? No, probably not. Some people run every day no matter what. So what some of the other people have said above re “alternating” will probably work.
But my advice after 6 years of marathon training is give your body one day a week to rest from everything but some light stretching. Your body will thank you both in immediate gains and also when you’re old and still have your original knees.
Post # 8
A big training technique now is muscle confusion. Basically if you do the same workout or type of workout every day your body gets used to it and you don’t see the results you do in the beginning. Changing up routines helps continue results so working out everyday is fine but just make sure you are giving muscles time to rest so you don’t risk injury.