What is the "day of rest" when on a work out routine?

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    Jan 14, 2009 3:18 PM GMT
    So everytime I look at a work out routine (ex. on here), they always have a "day of rest" after a work out!
    But does that mean your not suppose to do anything, can you go to the gym and do like cardio or something, or should you stay home and do NOTHING icon_smile.gif ?
    And what if you didn't give yourself a "day or rest", everyone says your muscles need a day to recuperate, but how much damage is caused if you do not?
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    Jan 14, 2009 5:27 PM GMT
    "Day of rest" to me means just that, a day off from the gym. I'll still go out and walk around the city, jog the city streets or even bike. Basically you should rest your muscles on your "day of rest."
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    Jan 14, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
    The Sabbath, you heathens.
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    Jan 14, 2009 9:03 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidThe Sabbath, you heathens.


    ohh gees...lol
    besides from the religious view! Iam catholic and I know masses are sort of like an arobics class but still....i doubt u need a day of rest from it ; )

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    Jan 14, 2009 9:29 PM GMT
    I will not even try to top the Mouse for inanity.

    * bows to superior ironic wit *

    I will, however, be serious for the OP (a rare thing for me).

    The "day of rest" means a day of rest from resistance work. You can do anything you want, so long as you don't lift.

    Working out (if done properly, usually to failure) wrecks your muscles. They need rest to repair. Muscles grow back bigger not at the gym, but while you are "resting" actually, while you are sleeping. The body chemistry and the nervous system that runs this breakdown and rebuild process also can use a "rest" occasionally, thus the recommended but RARELY followed advice to take 10 days off every few months, in addition to weekly rest days built into your split. This advice is rarely followed, cause as we all "know", 3x is better than 2x, and 7x is better than 3x, and 37x is better than 7x, etc.

    Excuse me while I go off to do 23,437 situps with the latest infomercial ab thingy. I have to "loose my tummy" for the Atlantis cruise in 2 weeks. Oh, I heard that a "colon cleanse" clears all the "sticky stuff" out of your system and you can loose 20 lbs in 2 weeks, so I'm doing that too! And I'm trying this great supplement I heard about in a magazine -- it says I can gain 700% of muscle in 7 days!

    ...

    OK, I guess I wasn't completely serious. But I tried.
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    Jan 14, 2009 9:49 PM GMT
    iguanaSF saidI will not even try to top the Mouse for inanity.
    Hey! My inanity always has a purpose. It got you to add the phrase, "top the Mouse" in your post, an entirely enjoyable two-way pun.
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    Jan 14, 2009 10:02 PM GMT
    [quote]Excuse me while I go off to do 23,437 situps with the latest infomercial ab thingy. I have to "loose my tummy" for the Atlantis cruise in 2 weeks. Oh, I heard that a "colon cleanse" clears all the "sticky stuff" out of your system and you can loose 20 lbs in 2 weeks, so I'm doing that too! And I'm trying this great supplement I heard about in a magazine -- it says I can gain 700% of muscle in 7 days![/quote]

    Damn it! I've been doing it wrong all along! All along I thought working out by lifting weights and going easy on my days off by jogging was the norm. When I could be putting on Kinoki detox foot pads, downing Hydroxycut and then putting my finger down my throat was for my own good.

    icon_biggrin.gif

    But seriously, this one is a great one for all along I thought I had to keep my body moving by doing cray cardio on my day's off when a simple jog or a ride on my Trikke was good enough.
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    Jan 14, 2009 10:07 PM GMT
    iguanaSF saidI will not even try to top the Mouse for inanity. * bows to superior ironic wit *

    I will, however, be serious for the OP (a rare thing for me).

    The "day of rest" means a day of rest from resistance work. You can do anything you want, so long as you don't lift.

    Working out (if done properly, usually to failure) wrecks your muscles. They need rest to repair. Muscles grow back bigger not at the gym, but while you are "resting" actually, while you are sleeping. The body chemistry and the nervous system that runs this breakdown and rebuild process also can use a "rest" occasionally, thus the recommended but RARELY followed advice to take 10 days off every few months, in addition to weekly rest days built into your split. This advice is rarely followed, cause as we all "know", 3x is better than 2x, and 7x is better than 3x, and 37x is better than 7x, etc.

    Excuse me while I go off to do 23,437 situps with the latest infomercial ab thingy. I have to "loose my tummy" for the Atlantis cruise in 2 weeks. Oh, I heard that a "colon cleanse" clears all the "sticky stuff" out of your system and you can loose 20 lbs in 2 weeks, so I'm doing that too! And I'm trying this great supplement I heard about in a magazine -- it says I can gain 700% of muscle in 7 days!

    ...

    OK, I guess I wasn't completely serious. But I tried.


    well...it was quite informative!
    i knew about some of that stuff.....i guess i was just wondering if cardio and working other muscles is still ok! i would imagin it is!

    and iam going to panama at the end of the month! so i want to look good while i run around in the rain forest ; )
    besides...iam a life guard...we have a duty to look good...cause if your not fit people start doubting your saving ability ; )

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    Jan 14, 2009 10:19 PM GMT
    Me, on my day of rest.
    Sleeping Bat
    ...just flew in from the coast and boy, are my arms tired.

    ...nice time off from the workout though, It really sucked.

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    Jan 15, 2009 1:10 AM GMT
    My rest day is pure cardio. I either go for an extended run, or ride my bike around.