When it comes to exercise the more you do the better, right? Not necessarily. So many people these days think that exercising every day for multiple hours a day is gonna get you closer to those “gains” you are looking for. But when it comes to exercise, more doesn’t always mean better.
What Is the Right Amount of Exercise?
Is there a magic number when it comes to how often you should be working out? Probably not. After all we are all different and all after different results. With that said there are some basic ideas behind exercising frequency that most people can get behind. For example – we have already discussed the importance of a rest and recovery day – which means that there should be at least one day a week that you are taking off from working out. With this simple rule we now have a decent base line in knowing that at most we should be working out only 6 days a week.
Beyond that simple rule of taking at least one rest and recovery day a week how do we know if we are working out too much? Or maybe not enough? That comes down to what you are looking to achieve with your exercise and workouts.
What Are Your Fitness Goals?
This is a question that everyone should be asking themselves, but they may not be. Do you have fitness goals or are you working out aimlessly? Everyone should have a fitness goal – even if that goal is a simple as wanting to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Once you decide on your fitness goals you will then have a better path to understanding how much you should workout. Just because contestants on the latest fitness show are working 6-7 hours a day every day, does not mean that is what you should do to lose that last 5 pounds. Whether you are into body building, weight loss, strength training, or just overall fitness/health as well as your current level of health and fitness all goes into factoring out how often you should workout.
But if you are looking for a general rule of thumb to follow for now as you search for your true fitness goal then most sources will state that working out 3-5 times a week for 30-60 minutes at a time is a great place to start, and we a Primalhub will also add that you should also always listen to your body. If you are constantly hurt, injured, or tired you may want to tone it down a bit. If you feel like you could work out a bit longer, or maybe add in a day because you aren’t seeing the results you want to see, then by all means go for it. Just always remember our first rule of adding in a rest and recovery day as well.
If your fitness goals are more specific – you want to focus on building strength or maybe you have some type of fitness competition coming up then we have some great resources to look into so you can dial in just exactly how often you should be working out.
Men’s Fitness gives a great breakdown on how often you should be working out dependent on your goals. If you are looking for fat loss, training for size, or training for strength this article is a great tool to help you on your way.
This article by A Workout Routine is a great place to start for those not sure what their exercise goals are or are simply looking to stay healthy and fit.
So go and figure out your fitness goals and get to it!