So I went to the gym every day last week

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    Aug 08, 2011 7:34 PM GMT
    Last two days were hardest. Is this common? No weights just yet, have to work up the balls to make it on to that floor.

    Started the week at 1 mile then 1.3, 1.5, 1.6 miles jogging been biking since Thursday, started having shin splints (OUCH)
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    Aug 08, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    Not a single word of advice? GOSH!
  • HopefulMuscle

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    Aug 08, 2011 9:35 PM GMT
    Sometimes it takes awhile for some responses to come through, what u need help with?
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    Aug 08, 2011 10:46 PM GMT
    Mikeinslc saidNot a single word of advice? GOSH!



    Gyms make their money by selling memberships that folks use for 3 months and then Quit. Going to the gym everyday Is not sustainable. It's better to get a regular and consistent routine started that you can reasonably stick to.

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    Aug 08, 2011 11:09 PM GMT
    your body needs recovery man, you need to let your body rest to recover.

    So going to the gym every day isn't bad if you do it properly but going jogging every day isn't the most intelligent move you can make especially if you aren't physiologically prepared for that sort of work.

    My suggestion if you want to improve your cardiovascular system is to jog one day then a day off, then jog again, day off.

    Couple that with resistance training (even if it's just using machines until you feel more comfortable) and you'll see quick improvement in strength and cardiovascular conditioning.

    Work out a max 5 days a week, during rest days let your self rest, maybe a light walk, some gentle swimming, what ever.

    Or get yourself a trainer.
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    Aug 09, 2011 12:24 AM GMT
    Hmm I was under the impression that Cardio was okay to do every day.
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    Aug 09, 2011 12:29 AM GMT
    Mikeinslc said started having shin splints (OUCH)


    This is your body telling you to rest.

    5 out of 7 is more than sufficient for cardio.
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    Aug 09, 2011 12:30 AM GMT
    Mikeinslc saidLast two days were hardest. Is this common? No weights just yet, have to work up the balls to make it on to that floor.

    Started the week at 1 mile then 1.3, 1.5, 1.6 miles jogging been biking since Thursday, started having shin splints (OUCH)



    Good for you! I wish we worked out at the same gym so I could encourage you!
  • Vaughn

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    Aug 09, 2011 12:53 AM GMT
    It's cause you need to recover.
  • DrewT

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    Aug 09, 2011 12:59 AM GMT
    Go at most six days a week. Start with 3. ;)
  • mmmship

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    Aug 09, 2011 1:43 AM GMT
    Is it possible to workout everyday? Yes it is.

    I dont think you should do it everyday. Your immune system and nervous system need rest. You cannot work on these things. You also have to protect your joints. As we age, joints slow down in grow and/or recovery. So, you think about it.
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    Aug 09, 2011 2:03 AM GMT
    Mikeinslc saidLast two days were hardest. Is this common? No weights just yet, have to work up the balls to make it on to that floor.

    Started the week at 1 mile then 1.3, 1.5, 1.6 miles jogging been biking since Thursday, started having shin splints (OUCH)
    Dude, according to your profile, you're 260 lbs. Do you have any idea the amount of weight (including impact pressure) that puts on your legs and back?

    Replace jogging with a fast and steady walk. That'll do you much better than jogging right now, and your body will probably respond faster as well.
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    Aug 09, 2011 2:18 AM GMT
    Mikeinslc saidHmm I was under the impression that Cardio was okay to do every day.

    Suggest limiting cardio to 2-3 times per week. And keep intensity low for awhile, then gradually introduce higher intensity intervals, but only when you feel ready.
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    Aug 09, 2011 10:40 PM GMT
    Mikeinslc saidHmm I was under the impression that Cardio was okay to do every day.

    Cardio yes, jogging no.

    Jogging is a high impact form of exercise that your body needs to adapt too and if your new it'll be racing to catch up right now so you will be wiser to do jogging every second day.

    If you'd like to do cardio every day then choose something else for the second day like the bike, rower or go swimming which is an awesome cardiovascular workout.
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    Aug 09, 2011 11:27 PM GMT
    Mikeinslc saidLast two days were hardest. Is this common? No weights just yet, have to work up the balls to make it on to that floor.

    Started the week at 1 mile then 1.3, 1.5, 1.6 miles jogging been biking since Thursday, started having shin splints (OUCH)


    Much depends on the condition you're in when you start. As a general rule, because the body needs to rest, it's best to alternate sessions, ie: cardio one day, strength the next. And a REST DAY.

    I've coached at the Olympic level. We had athletes who could sustain nine or more training sessions per week, and up to 25 hours. But it takes years to move up to that, and even there, they take very serious half-days for rest, and a full rest day.

    Shin splints are telling you you're pushing too far; pain is there for a reason. Listen to it.

    There are some very good books on training; the best I know of is Serious Training for Serious Athletes. Don't rely on folklore at the gym - get expert advice.
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    Aug 09, 2011 11:42 PM GMT
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    Mikeinslc saidHmm I was under the impression that Cardio was okay to do every day.

    Cardio yes, jogging no.

    Jogging is a high impact form of exercise that your body needs to adapt too and if your new it'll be racing to catch up right now so you will be wiser to do jogging every second day.

    If you'd like to do cardio every day then choose something else for the second day like the bike, rower or go swimming which is an awesome cardiovascular workout.



    You can do cardio everyday, but it's all about balance. Definitely DON'T jog or run everyday. I've trained for and ran marathons and took part in a 200-mile long distance relay where I ran 30 miles over 24 hours, but for training I only ran 3 days a week max.

    I suggest walking on a treadmill with the incline all the way up, climbing stairs, cycling, or (probably the best) rowing or swimming.

    But definitely take it slow if you're just starting out.
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    Aug 12, 2011 2:44 AM GMT
    I would wager you didn't work intensely enough if you went every day and feel ok. I would suggest, as have others, that you commit yourself to fewer, perhaps 2-4, sessions that are INTENSE. You definitely should muster the courage to do some weights. Pay a trainer to break you in and get over the initial intimidationa and learning curve. Hiring a trainer was the second best thing I've done for my body. The first was stepping foot on the free weight floor ... after years literally of paying memberships and not even daring step anywhere into the gym.

    Good luck.
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    Aug 12, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    Alpha13 said
    Mikeinslc saidNot a single word of advice? GOSH!



    Gyms make their money by selling memberships that folks use for 3 months and then Quit. Going to the gym everyday Is not sustainable. It's better to get a regular and consistent routine started that you can reasonably stick to.



    I disagree - I joined my current gym about 2 years ago and there are many weeks I go every day and rarely fall below 5 days a week. Of course I don't weight train every day, but going most days is certainly sustainable if you're properly motivated.
  • waccamatt

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    Aug 12, 2011 2:48 AM GMT
    Mikeinslc saidHmm I was under the impression that Cardio was okay to do every day.


    Cardio is ok to do nearly every day, but make most of it low impact (I recommend elliptical and bike) and not always running.
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    Aug 12, 2011 3:07 AM GMT
    kevinsbeach said... Take a day off or two if you're feeling the 'ouch'.
    Or if you feel the "ouch" I felt last week, take a whole week off.
    I was in mucho pain for 5 full days from an arm workout. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 12, 2011 3:21 AM GMT
    Use the time you would've spent at the gym those one or two days off to research/plan/shop/cook your meals for the week.. Arguably, doing a good job on this component can get you better results than the other 5 days you spend in the gym combined...Especially if you're looking to cut..