How Often Should You work out?

“How many times a week am i supposed to workout to achieve my body goals?” This is the million dollar question that most people ask before starting their fitness journey. There are lots of factors to consider in order to determine the number of days needed to achieve your body and health goals. Some of the factors to consider include the following:

  • Your health (Visit a doctor and check if you are in good condition to start a workout program)
  • How many days/times a week you can actually spare for your workouts
  • Intended goal i.e weight loss, muscle gain, strength
  • Discipline

To achieve your goals in a justifiable amount of time, working out about four or five times a week is what’s recommended. If you are just starting your workout journey, working out three times a week is advisable as you continuously build up on your time to about four times a week and on good days about five times a week. Why you ask? As much as you want to shed some fat or get stronger by the day, giving your muscles some time to recover especially when training heavy is recommended as well as safe since you will stay injury free and stronger by the minute.

A Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday workout routine usually works well as it ensures enough time for body and muscle recovery. While it’s very important to let muscles heal and recover from your training, a little exercise every day can be beneficial i.e a 30 minute walk around the neighbourhood, light weight-free workout and yoga would definitely do the trick. To maintain momentum, “off days” shouldn’t become “cheat days” as many believe. Treat your off days more as responsible body relaxing days, more of active rest days.

Equally, plan your workouts to include a combination of the following:

  • Cardio
  • Strength Training
  • Core Workouts
  • Stretching
  • Flexibility

Trust the process! Wishing you the very best on your workout journey 🙂

Merry Christmas and a Fabulous New Year

Published by I&F Fitness

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