Was just wondering if most people still try to do some exercise on rest days? I tend to use them as a rest from anything strenuous (though I am a nurse so on my feet most days anyway), I did a yoga class on a rest day last week which was fine, but I think anything like Zumba or strength training would just tire me out completely! So most rest days are just rest! Am I being a wimp and missing out on making bigger fitness gains? W6R2 tomorrow!
Exercise on rest days?: Was just wondering if... - Couch to 5K
Absolutely. Walk, swim, hula hoop, anything but just don't run. I'm betting Rignold will be on here very soon extolling the virtues of squats, everyday, not just your rest days! There's also an nhs strength and flex program lots of people use on days off, it's our Laura again so if you miss her, that's good.
Squats should be everyday, not just rest days.
What if anything you should be doing on your rest days very much depends on your starting level of fitness and how much recovery you need from the run days though. If you feel really tired from the run days then just rest. If you are champing at the bit eager to get out and do something, then go for it.
It is true that generally we are capable of more than we think but if you have a strenuous job to begin with and don't normally do any exercise, then the forst few weeks the C25k may well be enough to cenotend with. I think I didn't do any additional exercise the first 3 weeks or so. Then started adding in a Spin class once then twice a week, and built from there.
But always be doing squats. When you are still able to use the loo independently at 80 you will thank me.