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How Often Should You Work Out?

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If you’re returning to health and fitness, goal-setting and figuring out the frequency and intensity of your work out is important. It can help with weight loss, have a healthy lifestyle or simply keep your heart healthy.

Get the best work out results in the long run by setting your goals accordingly.

You have to know by now that too much of anything is bad for you. That is why it is a must to have at least one day of rest during the whole week if you plan on working out 6 days straight. It is important for your body to recover and allow the muscles to repair instead of overworking them. This can lead to several injuries.

For those who are just starting out, it is advisable to exercise every other day and aim for a total of 150 minutes of exercise per week.

Do not push yourself to start with vigorous exercises at this point since you’re just starting to condition your body to get stronger.

Once you get used to the intensity,  you can choose other workout routines that will challenge your body even more.

You can do resistance training, weight lifting, cardio, walking or running or simply working out on the elliptical.

Here are some tips to consider regarding how often you should work out each week:

1. Do not train with weights every day as your muscle fibers need 24-48 hours to heal. Keep in mind that resistance exercises stress your muscles, eventually leading to small tears and muscle fatigue.

2. You can do cardio workouts for 20 to 60 minutes a day for 3 to 5 days a week. Cardio exercises help you burn more calories and lose weight so brisk walking, swimming and low-impact aerobics will be the best choice for you if you plan on losing the dad bod.

3. Do not forget to stretch after working out to relieve your muscles from all the stress and fatigue. Most people overlook stretching exercises, thinking they’re not as important as the actual routine.

4. Choose a variety of workout routines every week to train different parts of your body in getting stronger. You’re more likely to feel bored and unmotivated if you do the same exercise over and over again.

This article was edited and republished from our partner the Active Age with permission. The original article can be found at this link.

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