So how often should you workout?
If you go by what is recommended for overall health and fitness by the World Health Organisation (WHO), for adults between 18-64yrs old; then you should be doing 150 mins of moderate aerobic activity per week (or 75 mins of vigorous aerobic activity) with muscle-strengthening activities involving major muscle groups twice a week. So ask yourself. Are you doing the minimum required to keep yourself healthy?
BUT you also have to take into account your goals, experience and time you have to work out. If you are a beginner and are not used to regular exercise try to start with 3 days a week with a day in-between to recover and rest which will help you muscles get used to the new exercises. Once you are comfortable with working out then you can build on this so try doing your muscular strength workouts on alternate days and in-between try to do some cardio work. An example of this would be walking, jogging, swimming, cycling or playing a racket sport with a friend. Working out at this level will be ideal for general fitness. At this point you will be in line with the WHO recommendations.
Obviously if you have more advanced goals in mind, such as training for a specific race or sport or you want to build some muscle size then you would have to adapt your training. To build strength and muscle you would be mainly working in a gym with minimum cardio. For training for a marathon you would be doing cardio most of the time with minimum weight sessions. Regardless of your goals remember your body needs rest to adjust to new challenges and a healthy balanced diet to give you the nutrients required for energy, growth and repair of your body.
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Remember: *Insufficient physical activity is 1 of the 10 leading risk factors for global mortality and is on the rise in many countries, adding to the burden of NCDs and affecting general health worldwide. People who are insufficiently active have a 20% to 30% increased risk of death compared to people who are sufficiently active.
* Quote from the World Health Organisation website
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