So the short answer we can give you is, 3-4 times per week, 15 – 20 min per day is enough to improve health and fitness.
Now of course there is so much more that goes into this question. 3 things to ask yourself when deciding on how often you should be training:
- Where are you on your fitness journey? Someone just starting out can see some amazing benefits by just training 2-3 x per week, whereas someone that has been training for 10 years could probably push 5-6 days per week.
- What are your goals? Again someone just starting and trying to improve general health can see and feel amazing change with just 2-3 x per week. A higher level athlete trying to compete will need more training due to higher demands.
- What type of training are you doing? There is an extremely wide variety of training when it comes to exercise. Everything from High Intensity Training, traditional bodybuilding, running, or Just following some sort of instagram workouts. All create a different stimulus on the body and have a different level of stress. Higher intensity, more stressful workouts can NOT be done as often whereas lower intensity workouts can be done more frequently. And again which type you follow depends on where you are on your journey and your goals.
Choosing Quantity over Quality is a big mistake we see people make when trying to improve health and fitness. Oftentimes we see people thinking the more I train, and the harder I train the faster I will see quicker results. This can create a lot of issues including a backward slide in your fitness.
If we train too much and too hard, it can actually create too much stress on the body and different systems not allowing for proper recovery. The body and mind will only hold up to this for so long. Something will eventually give.
This is why we highly recommend talking to a professional when it comes to creating a program that is right for you, your fitness level, and your goals. It can get quite complicated when you get into dialing in on intensity and proper recovery methods such as sleep, rest days, active recovery days, nutrition, soft tissue work, stretching, and minimizing stress.
I would highly recommend taking a closer look at your recovery as opposed to just adding more volume to your training routine. You just might be surprised at how much quicker the results come and how much better you look and feel.
If you need some help with getting started or just taking a closer look at your current workout routine please reach out.