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I'm training for my first 5K. Should I be exercising every day, or taking some time to rest each week? — P. Blumenfeld, NY

Richard Cotton


You don't necessarily have to take a rest day, but if you don't you should be following each hard workout day with an easy one. Throwing in a rest day once or twice a week can be quite beneficial. It gives your body a chance to more fully recover so when you are working hard it can be high-quality work that truly will improve your fitness instead of wearing you out.

About Richard Cotton

Richard T. Cotton is the chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Richard oversees the ACE's studies and evaluations on fitness products and serves as the ACE's media spokesperson for these studies and other health and fitness issues. He has written numerous articles on health and fitness-related topics such as the importance of certification and safe and effective exercise techniques.

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