How Many Days a Week Should you Workout?
We live in a world where we are led to believe that more is always better. More food, more money, more hair and more exercise with no rest days. In theory that sounds great! You burn more and you will lose weight quicker. However, what your not taking into account is your hormones and stress that all affect your fitness journey.
I know I’ve mentioned it here before but in case your new here, when I first started my journey with fitness I was misguided and overworked which till this day is still affecting me. Recently, I took matters into my own hands and found the correct path to help me with my situation. And would you believe it? All I needed was rest and to stop all the stressors that were causing my body to not function properly. What does that mean? I pulled back my training to 4x a week and my cardio only consisted of 4 days a week, 30 minutes of LISS (Low Intensity Steady State).
Thankfully, after 3 months of doing this my body is responding to the recovery, blood work came back normal, and I am good to start training as I used to and begin my first deficit since beginning this road to recovery. As you can see, more is not always better. That whole #norestday movement is complete BS. You NEED rest in order to improve. Training all the time makes your window of recovery very little because your body is in constant stress from all that training.
If your training properly and giving max effort, training 5x a week is more than enough. As far as cardio goes, it all depends on your goals and what type your doing. If you are doing TRUE HIIT then you shouldn’t do anymore than 2-3x a week and a duration no longer than 15-20 minutes.
How many times a week are you training?