How Often Should You Exercise?
How Often You Should Work Out Each Week
One of the most common fitness questions people have is “how often should you exercise?” That’s understandable. Life is busy and there’s a good chance you don’t have the time to get in a full workout every day. Is that okay? How much exercise do you need? The answers depend on many factors.
What Do You Want to Achieve?
How much exercise should you do? The answer is that it depends on the results you want to see. For instance, if you want to build muscle, it’s a good idea to be training with weights or resistance around three times per week while doing cardiovascular exercise twice a week.
On the other hand, if your goal is to lose weight, try to do four or five workouts a week, and include both cardio and weigh training in your sessions.
In general, most people should aim for at least 120 minutes of moderate physical activity every week as well as at least two sessions of strength training each week.
However, even some exercise is better than none. If you can’t commit to this amount every week, try to do at least some moderate physical activity.
What Sort of Lifestyle Do You Live?
As mentioned, the amount you should exercise each week is different for season person. If your daily routine is more active and you spend more of your time doing informal exercise such as brisk walking, going up and down stairs, etc. your workout plan should be different than if you have a more sedentary lifestyle.
What Counts as Exercise?
Exercise doesn’t have to mean going to a gym. There are a lot of different forms of exercise that are very beneficial and enjoyable. Playing a sport, working out with a personal trainer, going for a brisk walk or bike ride, and many other activities all count as exercise.
Changing up what you do, rather than doing the same exercise routine every day, will keep you interested and motivated.
Why Regular Exercise is Important
There are many reasons why it’s important to exercise regularly. Not only can it help you maintain a healthy body weight and strengthen your muscles and bones, but exercise also improves your mood, protects your brain health, boosts your immune system, and much more.