Every year, exercising is becoming part of our culture more and more. People want to be healthy, look good, and be as physically able as they can be to compete in any sport or activity they may partake in. And throughout the last few decades, society has begun to perfect the best possible ways to achieve health and fitness goals. While those goals may vary from a wide variety of possibilities from individual to individual, it’s always possible to exercise too much or too little.
So how frequently should people exercise? This question has many different answers. It’s a common notion that people should exercise 30 minutes to an hour every day. It’s something that kids hear in school, but that’s just a general suggestion in order to stay healthy. For those that have bigger fitness goals, be it losing weight or adding muscle mass, it’s going to take more than that. But to address how much someone should exercise, they need to figure out what exercises they’re actually going to do.
For example, if someone wants to do some running to lose weight or just stay in good shape, they could do some steady-state cardio about three times a week or do sprint intervals and cut it to two times a week and have much shorter workouts. But that doesn’t account for the other few days of the week or remaining hours that someone would want to get in.
It’s suggested that people should aim to do 30 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio activity at least five times a week and at least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity three days per week. But that would be for people who want to work out their entire body, and not everyone does. Not to mention this also wouldn’t suit those who focus more on lifting weights and are much more advanced in that area. For people more into bodybuilding, while the types of workouts they will get in over the years will change drastically and the workouts they do from day to day will focus on different areas of the body, most lifters work out around five times a week.
Recovery is a very important part of that process, so it’s vital they get one day of rest per week, but they also need to push themselves because if they don’t, they could lose their gains.
Before people can figure out what exercises they want to do and how often they do them, they need to figure out their health and fitness goals and what level they’re at, be it beginner, experienced, or anything in between. That is the key to figuring out how often to exercise.