Should You Workout Every Day?

Monday, April 26, 2010 23:50
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Should you work out every day I got a reader question the other day asking if they were better off working out every day to burn additional calories, or if they should take more days off in order to lose weight.

Although most people struggle with working out enough, I know that there are some people out there who workout way too much. I believe that most people actually benefit from taking 2 days off per week. Of course, it depends on your lifestyle and how much sleep you get, how stressed you are, etc.

I’ve seen clients who workout 2 days in a row and then take a rest day before repeating that pattern typically have the best adherence and long term results. I’ve also seen a Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and one weekend day of scheduled exercise sessions work out really well for people.

The best thing you can do is find a schedule that works for you where you are not working out more than 3 days in a row or taking off more than 2 days straight. This should keep you from both burning out and letting your metabolism drop too low before your next workout.

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