29 Jan '16, 6am

Do we really need scheduled rest days?

Should we schedule rest days into our training week or is it OK to simply stop when we feel like it? It depends on your goals. I exercise for my general health and I try to exercise most days of the week. Sometimes work, family and personal conflicts steal a day or two of exercise from me each week. So my rest is not planned, but inserted into my program as my personal schedule demands. But there is also a big difference between my training and a performance training program, which incorporates high intensity and high volume workouts to set PBs and achieve greater heights in physical performance. Runners with performance goals need to incorporate rest into the weekly schedule to allow the body to recover. It takes your body nearly 48 hours to recover from a hard effort. Sometimes, that may require “exercise abstinence” — a day of no activity. Other times, a low intensity a...

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