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Rest Days For Reconditioning


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Hey,

The doctors said I needed to recondition my heart. The exercise prescription says 3-5 days a week. And 30-45 minutes at 80-85% of peak heart rate. I'm currently doing the upper max of 5 days a week and working up to 45 minutes.

I was wondering though, if I could go 6 or even 7 days a week and have 1 or no rest days. Has anyone who did Levine's protocol or some other sort of cardiac reconditioning ever been told it's ok to have no rest days.

What I'm wondering is do doctors advise to always have rest days (like 1 or 2 a week) or is it perfectly fine to have the cardiac reconditioning exercise every day. In your experiences have doctors said it would be deleterious to do it every day or that it would be beneficial (get you reconditioned faster)?

I just sort of wonder if exercising every day will set me back or get me back to health faster. Maybe it won't really have an effect at all. People who have gone through cardiac reconditioning, what has been your experience?

I'll be asking a doctor about this but I'm just curious in the meantime.

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My son is only able to exercise Monday-Friday. He does 20 minutes of strenght training in the morning and exercises 25 minutes on the xbox connect in the afternoon If he does it on Saturday, the next day is very rough. His body does not recover without the day of rest. The MAYO doctor told us 3-5 days a week was fine. In the beginning, my son actually had to take Wednesday off because he was wore out. Listen to you body. It won't hurt to take a day to let your body recover.

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I am not sure about this. My Dr. Had wanted me to get up to 5-6x a week this past summer and I just couldn't. I've now settled into 3 really strenuous workouts 3x a week. My body seems to need at least one rest day in between. But- we all are different. I'd consult with whomever recommended the exercise for you. Or if you did it on your own your primary or autonomic specialist.

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I'm also doing an exercise program following the Levine study. I find it necessary to have a rest day after every 2 workout days in order to prevent a total collapse.

I do Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri.

I've been going for about three months now. I've definitely noticed an improvement in how hard & how long I can exercise (aka my general fitness), but my symptoms haven't improved. Actually things are worse since the exercise takes up all the energy I have and leaves me reeling. Still, doc said six months, so six months I'll do.

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I'm also doing an exercise program following the Levine study. I find it necessary to have a rest day after every 2 workout days in order to prevent a total collapse.

I do Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri.

I've been going for about three months now. I've definitely noticed an improvement in how hard & how long I can exercise (aka my general fitness), but my symptoms haven't improved. Actually things are worse since the exercise takes up all the energy I have and leaves me reeling. Still, doc said six months, so six months I'll do.

Hmmm that sounds disheartening, no pun intended. ^_^ I was hoping you could answer a few questions about objective parameters that I hope your doctor took to measure your progress.

Did you have your stroke volume measured before and after the 3 months?

How far from the average for your gender did it start?

Has it improved over time?

How much away from the average for a healthy person is it still?

Did you have your vo2max measured before and after?

How far away from the average was it to begin with?

How much has it improved over time?

How far away from the average for a healthy person is it still?

I suppose you certainly haven't had blood volume taken since it's a rare test but if you have has it improved over time? How does it compare to the norm for your gender?

Hope you can answer these questions for me. I hope you're on the way to seeing a recovery and just are still outside the norm in these parameters still and need some more time. God bless. Take care.

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