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    In a vain attempt to shift body fat I have taken to the recumbent bike on rest days. Only very light, to slightly moderate level for 10-15 minutes to get my 'moving slowly fix' as I have a sit down lifestyle other than going out on errands and such.

    I havent done cardio on rest days for YEARS because ooooh I need recovery. But I have found my recovery and composure on workout day to be a damn sight better than a 'no workout at all' rest day. I recall reading some evidence that this promoted blood flow to the damaged muscles (from lifting heavy) and therefore supported a better recovery. It seems to be holding true, either that or I have alot of stored sugar somewhere as my body feels better for it!

    Science people, what's the crack!

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    If its working for you then keep it up. No one size fits all

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    • #3
      So wait, even on rest days, one should get off his ass??

      The horror!!

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      • #4
        I do a fasted 1.5 mile walk every day, usually half naked to get some sun. Seems like good medicine.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Nicator View Post
          I do a fasted 1.5 mile walk every day, usually half naked to get some sun. Seems like good medicine.
          Hmmmm... I'm trying to get my wife into Primal, maybe she'd do that!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ronstar View Post
            So wait, even on rest days, one should get off his ass??

            The horror!!
            I can understand the OP's issue. I'm doing Starting Strength right now and on my "off" days, I don't want to do too much to impede my recovery, not to mention that I am damn sore! But I agree that doing some light workout is probably better than doing nothing. It's called active recovery for a reason.

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            • #7
              I've been toying with the idea of doing a short MS session on my break days. TFS this, I think I'll give it a try, too. Might help, and if not, no big deal, either.

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