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Why You Should Do Easy Workouts

Cardio Tip: Do One Easy Workout a Week

Whether you're burnt out from a busy day or sore from a strenuous workout, some days, you just don't want to give it your all when it's time for cardio. But that's OK — in fact, you should incorporate an easy day into your workout routine.

While there are many ways to maximize your cardio workout to increase your endurance, speed, or calorie burn —  like high intensity intervals or running on hills — the easy day is an essential part of your routine. Read on for why you should take it easy one day a week.

If you are used to doing cardio every day, it's important to let your body rest. You'll be able to give your joints time to recuperate, not to mention let your body adapt and prepare itself for the week's harder workouts, while still being active and burning calories. After all, you don't want to be burnt out — it can discourage you from wanting to keep up your fitness regimen.

An easy workout can also help you keep track of your progress. I've been doing one easy run a week and am noticing how much easier it is every time. The progress I've made in building my endurance is paying off, which makes me all that much more motivated to stay the course when I start my harder workouts again.

Whether you go on an easy jog instead of a hard run or shorten your normal bike route, what do you do for an easy workout?

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LiveFitness LiveFitness 4 years
Good advice. I enjoy having an easier, recovery day! Makes all the difference.
trinachka trinachka 4 years
I log some time on the elliptical and catch up on Rick Steves' Europe shows, or I go for a relatively easy hike. I've heard restorative yoga is a good recovery workout, so I'm hoping to try that eventually.
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