How Often Should You Work Out?

We all know that working out is great for the body and overall health. But busy schedules often push gym time off of the daily to-do list. While daily workouts are difficult to schedule, if you want to feel and see consistent positive changes, you need to put in a consistent effort with your workouts. But what exactly does “consistent” mean?

Our friends at PopSugar tackled this question with the help of YouCoach Philip Cruz. Highlights are below and the full article can be read here.

Finally, an Expert Tells Us Exactly How Often We Should Be Working Out

Working out is full of so many numbers, from reps to sets to seconds in between exercises. It’s a lot to keep up with! To make the effort you put in worthwhile, it helps to know you’re doing the right amount of exercise in order to see results. Once you’ve figured out whether to do cardio or strength training, you’re left with one important question: “How often should I work out?”

To get you a straight answer on this ever-elusive question, we got expert advice from certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Youfit Health Clubs’ Master Trainer, Philip Cruz.

How Many Days Per Week?

A great place to get started is making a calendar and scheduling out all the workouts you plan to check off for the week. Cruz recommends you aim for at least three workouts a week on nonconsecutive days.

“If you choose to work out more often, plan on changing up the intensity of the workouts so that your body can recover after a tough workout.”

How Long Should Each Workout Be?

We’ve got the number of days down; now how long do you need to buckle down for each day? Cruz recommends that “workouts last anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes.” The range depends on the intensity of the workout. The rule of thumb is, the more intense the workout, the shorter it should be.

For longer workouts Cruz suggests splitting them up into 30 to 45 minutes of weight training, then finishing off with 20 to 30 minutes of cardio. If you’re a bit squeezed for time, Cruz’s go-to workout is a 30-minute circuit or high intensity workout.

What Type of Exercise Is Best?

Alright, we know how many days and how long to sweat, but how exactly should you be breaking that sweat? Thankfully, planning workouts is a little easier then perusing meal prep ideas, so you don’t go crazy eating the same thing every day.

“There are many different ways of working out. You can do an interval style workout on the elliptical, resistance train using cables or free weights, or even take a group class.”

Variety and consistency are the key.

Final Advice

You need to be realistic when it comes to your workout schedule. The above recommendations are based on a ideal situation. We know that certain things happen and you won’t be able to make the gym or will have to cut a workout short. The key is to never get down on yourself or feel guilty about it. “Anything is better than nothing.”

You have to find what works best for YOU. Everyone is different with different schedules. Just remember, consistency is the most important thing.

How often do YOU work out? Share in the comments below!