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Amy Colgan-Niemeyer, NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answeredYes. Shoot for at least two days a week of weight training, at least 30 minutes of cardio most days a week and flexibility training each day. Vary your activities to keep yourself interested. For example, to satisfy your cardio component, walk on Monday and Wednesday, play racquetball on Tuesday, play soccer on Friday and play catch with the kids or mow the lawn with a push mower on Saturday. Switch up your weight training exercises every four to six weeks to keep it fresh and keep challenging your muscles.
National Academy of Sports Medicine answeredYou do not need to do a formal workout every day, and depending on how intensely you work It's it’s good to get in some days of rest throughout the week to prevent burnout and over training. It is important to be active each day to maximize your health but this can be light activities like walking, doing chores, or going for a casual hike with friends. Activity is important each day, but vigorous exercise are not good to do 7 days a week as you can burn out. On off days perform the activities listed above but feel free not to perform actual workout 1-2 days a week.
Diane Armstrong, NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answered
Yes, you should workout every day. It is recommended that adults get 30 minutes of exercise a day and children 60. This helps burn calories, tone muscle and gives you energy. Resistance training gives you the strength to do your everyday chores. So get moving.
Joel Harper - Elite Trainer, Fitness, answeredYes. Look at it like brushing your teeth. You wouldn't only brush your teeth on Saturday, right. Try to get short workouts in for at least 10 minutes a day. Commit to it every day for 7 days and make it a routine.
Chris Patrick , NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answered
The frequency of your workouts will vary depending on the type of workout, level of intensity, and workout duration. If your workout consists of a 15-minute leisurely stroll after dinner, then yes, you could safely exercise every day of the week.
However, if you're exercising more vigorously, and for longer periods of time, than taking a day or two off per week can be beneficial. The body needs time to rest after prolonged exertion. If you feel overly tired or run down, a day off may help to re-energize you, both mentally and physically.
When it comes to resistance training, it is important to remember that after a strenuous workout, your muscles need time to recover before working the same muscle group again. Even advanced trainees schedule off days to allow time for the repair and rebuilding process. Over-training is a very real issue, and failure to allow time for this process can have negative consequences.
If you feel you absolutely must workout everyday, then choose different activities/and or different muscle groups each day. For example you might alternate cardio days with weight training days.
Fitness and weight loss is all about being consistent over the long run, not crashing and burning during your first week or month. You don't want your workouts to seem like a chore, and taking a day or two off now and then can keep your body fresh and your mind focused.