How Often Should I Work Out?

How Often Should I Work Out?One of the first questions I get from new personal training clients is How often should I work out?

There are a couple of different answers to the question How often should I work out and the answer depends on what your current fitness goal is. Below I’ll break down the two most common situations with answers to this question.

First and foremost, know that wherever you are at in your fitness journey, it is never wise to make huge drastic changes. Small changes that build and progress on each other are the smart way to avoid burnout and injury. Don’t be your own worst fitness enemy by going so hard that you cause yourself a sidelining injury!
If you are just starting out and are wanting to gain basic tone and strength or wanting to lose weight:
-150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous activity is what is recommended for basic health and fitness.
My suggestions for how to spend that time:
-Aim to workout 2-3 days a week. Strength training sessions should last 30 minutes-1 hour.
-Start with cardio sessions 2-3 days a week, lasting 20-30 minutes at MODERATE TO VIGOROUS intensity after a 5-10 minute easy warm-up intensity. There is no reason to do cardio for longer than 45 minutes unless you are training for a specific event.
You can choose to do strength training on separate days, or the same day. I personally like to piggy back my weight training and cardio back-to-back so that I have less chance of finding an excuse to skip either of them.
If you have been working out for some time and either hit a plateau or are wanting to add muscle, or you want to hit a specific new goal:
-Aim to workout for 4-6 days a week total.
My suggestions for how to spend that time:
-Add time or intensity to weights and cardio.
-Strength sessions should last for 45 minutes-1 hour.
-Add extra sets or exercises to your strength routine, or take less rest between sets to build on volume and intensity for improved muscle tone and strength.
-Cardio should last for at least 30 minutes-45 minutes.
-Add sprint intervals, switch up your incline or pace to increase intensity and improve aerobic fitness and calorie burn.
I’d also like to challenge you with this: TRY TO DO SOMETHING ACTIVE EVERY DAY EVEN ON NON WORK OUT DAYS. Take the stairs, park farther away, walk the dog, go for a walk and coffee with a friend, go play a sport, dance! Its called an active life, not an active workout!
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