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Days off from lifting, known as "rest days", are designed to let your body heal from the damage you do during training. Oddly enough, the more progress you make in strength training the less frequently you can train at maximum because you get very good at damaging your body. Putting it another way, the cumulative exercise (a.k.a. damage) a trained athlete ...


Usually this would be called an active rest day, and is something that I find very effective. I lift 6 days a week then do cardio whether it be riding my bike, jogging, running, or soccer drills. I find it quite helpful. It gives your muscles time to recover but you are still getting your daily dose of exercise. As you said, it is important to avoid using ...


Waste of time and money. If you're really that interested in your body fat % and want something that is going to be as accurate as possible, have a DEXA scan done or hydrostatic weighing.


Body fat, especially as you age, is frequently deposited as "belly fat" (a.k.a. Central Obesity). If you look at the few images of people with excess fat that live without modern clothing, you'll see the same fat distribution. Your shins don't get as fat as your rear end does either: it's not because you wear tight clothes on your shins. This image ...

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