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A 22-year-old male asked:

male 22, been exercising 35mins every day. will having a day off stop my heart getting conditioned?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
No: I would not expect your heart to get out of condition if you take a day off from your exercising routine. Cardio exercises for general well being are recommended at 4 times/week 30 minutes/day.
Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 16 years experience
No: A short period of rest does not cause any loss of conditioning nor any immediate decrease in stroke volume. Seeing those reverse remodels usually requires a few weeks off.

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Last updated Mar 2, 2014

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