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Is exercise everyday effective or not?

Asked by yoshiboshi (356 points ) August 11th, 2010

I usually have 1–3 day breaks in between my work outs, but I am now thinking about doing them continuously for a few days straight, with 1–2 day breaks each week.

I did a work out yesterday, and I am still a little sore from it, but it has been a little over 24 hours now. I am thinking about doing one today.

Bad idea?

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Generally speaking, muscles need some time to rest in order to reform, increase in mass. It’s best to either rest between days of exersize or alternate different kinds of exersize daily.

yoshiboshi's avatar

is 24 hours not enough time?

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@yoshiboshi Of a break? I think it’s enough.

nikipedia's avatar

Depends on your goals and to some extent your body. In my experience running, I only get noticeably better when I do it every day with rest days taken as needed. Running 3–4x/week is enough for maintenance, but not improvement.

Other people I know manage to train up just fine running every other day with cross-training in between. So try a couple things, see what works for you.

yoshiboshi's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir well, enough to let the muscles recover so they can be ready for the next work out.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@yoshiboshi I think it’s enough.

bob_'s avatar

I agree with what has been said before. In addition, from your topics I see that you’re interested in losing weight. You should consider your diet, as exercise alone is not enough to get the results you want.

judochop's avatar

Your age has a lot to do with this. You need to allow the muscle time to rebuild the creatine.

Seaofclouds's avatar

It depends on the type of exercise you are doing. If you are weight training and trying to build muscle, most trainers say to alternate muscle groups each day. For example, if you did upper body on Monday, you would do lower body on Tuesday, and then maybe core muscles on Wednesday, then back to upper body on Thursday.

If you are only interested in weight loss, you should be focusing more on your diet and cardio exercises to help burn off the calories. Cardio exercises can be done every day, but you may need to work up to that point over time.

rooeytoo's avatar

I try to do some exercise every day because it makes me feel good. But I cross train or alternate my activities, I don’t usually do the same thing 2 days in a row.

So I would suggest cross training or as was suggested above, do different mucle groups.

CaptainHarley's avatar

Exercise every day gives improvement every day. You don’t have to wait until the soreness goes away. Minimally, you should do at least 30 minutes of cardio three times per week, and work out with weights every alternate day, with a one day rest each week. But daily workouts still yield daily improvement. : )

Dewey420's avatar

no pain no gain. just do like 20 push ups and 20 sit ups a day.. and power walk places you have to go.

mattbrowne's avatar

Well, 3–5 days a week, 30–45 minutes each, pulse above individual threshold is good enough for cardiovascular fitness protecting your brain, heart and other vital functions. Abdominal and back muscle training at least twice a week will protect vital bones and joints long term, in particular your hips. Stretching will make you feel good and it also reduces the risk of injury.

rooeytoo's avatar

@mattbrowne – is that your personal fitness regime?

yoshiboshi's avatar

hm, interesting information everyone. thanks.

mattbrowne's avatar

@rooeytoo – Yes, a preventive medicine doctor recommended this some time ago. I found similar information in books.

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