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Taking a break from exercise

SirGrotius

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Do you guys ever take a break from running?

I have been running or doing cardiovascular exercises such as swimming 6 - 7 days a week for a few months now and have last a lot of weight. That said, I'm tired. I'm real tired.

Do you ever take a few days off? I'm taking two days in a row and am worried that it'll be hard for me to get back into things. I lost 33 pounds, and don't want to gain ANY of it back.
 

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Yes. It won't be hard to head back out on to the track or hit the weights, just keep your diet together and get some rest, no reason why you shouldn't.
 

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Dude, you're way too paranoid. Take a break.
 

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Sometimes the body needs a break. As long as you aren't pigging out you should be fine. Take a week or two off and keep eating properly, then get back on it.
 

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Even when I used to run a lot, I never ran more than 4-5 days a week. Especially if you started out heavy, that's a lot of stress on your body. A few days off won't hurt, and it sounds like it would actually be good for you. You need time to let your body repair itself from the stress you inflict on it.
 

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after 6-8 weeks, many people take a rest week or do very little basic exercise that week.

you will come back to working out much stronger and feel a lot better.
your body needs rest to continue to improve.
 

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if your worried about it, just go for a walk or something. That way you are not stressing your body, but not sedentary either
 

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nope rest is for the dead
 

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Originally Posted by thekunk07
nope rest is for the dead

True. Also eating right when you're not exercising is, paradoxically, twice as hard.
 

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Took a brisk walk with the dog. Brisk because it's freezing outside.

Thanks all for making me feel better. It looks like I have a nice exercise obsession, too!
 

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Originally Posted by SirGrotius
Do you guys ever take a break from running?

I have been running or doing cardiovascular exercises such as swimming 6 - 7 days a week for a few months now and have last a lot of weight. That said, I'm tired. I'm real tired.

Do you ever take a few days off? I'm taking two days in a row and am worried that it'll be hard for me to get back into things. I lost 33 pounds, and don't want to gain ANY of it back.


I used to work out like a maniac, for the exact reasons you point out. Wound up running myself down often. I used to go 2 weeks straight, then one rest day, followed by more of the same. What wound up happening was I was working out and not maximizing my workout...just doing it to do it.

Now, I try and take two days a week off. No gym, no running (although usually hockey would fill in one of those two days). My workouts are so much better now, I feel stronger, am lifting MUCH more, and seeing more gains. However, I have also given up alcohol and 1/2 n 1/2 in my coffee, so that could be it as well. I also walk to and from work (2 and a half miles) each work day.
 

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Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger
I also walk to and from work (2 and a half miles) each work day.

Barefoot. In the snow. Uphill. Both ways.
 

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Same situation here. However, not only is my body exhausted from exercising, but my weight has plateaued. Down 60 lbs from October but still have a ways to go.
 

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Originally Posted by TintoTerra
True. Also eating right when you're not exercising is, paradoxically, twice as hard.

QFT.

You end up with more spare time. Additionally, I found that if you have a nice routine going, it is tough to keep eating how you normally did if you change.
 

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