This Is How Often You Should Be Exercising, and It’s More Often Than You Think
Posted by Healthy Truth on Jun 28th 2019
Ever since I’ve been in the health and fitness industry, I’ve heard the following question so many times it’s nearly stuck in my ears: how often should I exercise? Working out is something we know we should be doing on a regular basis, but we run into all kinds of obstacles. We don’t have time, there’s too much traffic on the way to the gym, family and social life get in the way — whatever it may be, there are always reasons and excuses to toss in the workout towel. But we know we should prioritize it. The question is just, how often should we be working up a sweat?
Everyone deserves to know the answer to this question. I talk about it quite often with my clients. Let’s go over some of the basic information so you can have everything you need at your disposal to make the best decisions possible.
What Are the Benefits of Exercising?
The positive benefits of working out extend far beyond external physique or weight loss. When you move your body regularly, your bones and heart will be stronger, you’ll be in a better mood, you’ll reduce the risk for diseases and chronic conditions, it helps you sleep better, and it reduces overall pain and discomfort. It’s about so much more than looking good, even though that’s a pleasant byproduct.
Everyone should be working out regularly, no matter their age or occupation. Keep in mind, though, that exercising for one person may look different from another. Just because your neighbor does Crossfit doesn’t mean it’s right for you. Depending on factors like your abilities, your past experience with exercising, any past injuries, pre existing conditions, etc., you’ll have to decide whatever kind of workout is right for you.
How Often Should You Exercise?
You should be moving your body as often as you can, preferably every day. That doesn’t mean you have to do high-intensity workout sessions every single day; rather, it means you should move in some kind of healthy way on a daily basis. Even if it means you take the stairs instead of the elevator.
In terms of programmed sessions like strength training or conditioning, it’s good to aim for 3-5 sessions per week. If you’re more experienced, shoot for five or more, as long as you’re getting at least one rest day a week. And of course if you’re newer to the workout scene, start with a few structured training sessions a week and see how that makes you feel.
However, as mentioned earlier, on the days you’re not doing traditional workout sessions, it’s important to still get the blood flowing. Go for a walk around your block, take a bike ride, play with your kids, etc. The more you move your body, the more you will prevent chronic pain and reduce your risk for injury. Your body was made to move in complex, interesting ways, and to move often.
Is There Such Thing as Too Much Exercise?
Yes, you can certainly overtrain, which has consequences such as fatigue, muscle failure, and increase in stress hormones. But this kind of overtraining is pretty hard to achieve, to be honest. You’d have to be working out for many hours a day with no rest, putting yourself through some very intense, highly demanding workouts.
If you’re exercising a moderate amount and taking the right amount of rest, overtraining isn’t really a huge concern. Just make sure you’re recovering well and you’re eating a well-balanced diet. Healthy Truth has all the tools you need to take care of yourself. Try GO RED Antioxidant Powder Blend to replenish yourself after a tough session, GO GREEN Daily Supergreens Powder to give yourself a boost of energy, and GO PRO Protein Powder Blend to help your muscles repair and build with each strength training session.