Should you workout every day?

The NHS(Uk) suggests that you should do 150 moderate minutes of exercise per week, or 75 intensive minutes.  This will depend on how fit you are, and what is classed as moderate-intensive for you. 

You can spread the activity over every day of the week, or over 3-4 days per week.  Your goal will also depend on how much you exercise.  If you are training for a marathon, you won’t want to be running every day, or you will risk injury.  And certainly after your long run, you will want to stretch and rest and look after your body the next day.

Working out every day can have an effect on your mental health.  You can become obsessed with it, and rather than enjoy the exercise and how it makes you feel, it can become a negative thing, causing feelings of anxiousness and upset.  You should take time to take care of your body, especially if you become ill or injured, and enjoy exercise to make you fit and well, not to obsess about.  Becoming obsessed with working out everyday can lead to injury, which means you can’t exercise so you end up worse off at the finish.

If you want to work out every day, you should make a plan, and work out what works for you.  You should not do strenuous cardio exercise 7 days a week.  You need rest days from such activities such as weight lifting, stretching or a gentle swim or walk.  This will enable your body to rest and heal.  You should aim for around 30 minutes per day of exercise if you do it this way and make sure you vary your routine rather than sticking to the same workout every day. 

You can fit a workout into most daily routines.  Even if you are waiting for the kettle to boil or the washing machine to finish, you can add in some squats.  Before you know it, you’ll be doing 100 squats a day.  Don’t like cardio?  Me neither.  I trick myself into doing it at the gym.  I will do 5 minutes on 6 different cardio machines and before I know it, I’ve done 30 minutes of cardio.


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