There are two kinds of people when it comes to creating a workout routine. In the first category are the ones who stick to just on single kind of training style. For example doing only Yoga, Pilates, HIIT training or Cardio. Also, in the second category, are the ones who prefer their workout routine to be a mix of different activities. But, when it comes to the frequency of working out, people differ despite the type of activity routine they follow. There are people you train every single day. Completely the opposite of people who like to give their muscles some rest-days once in a while.
Before passing at the pros and cons of each type of training routine, we must admit that all kinds of activities are beneficial in many points. Regular exercise boosts our energy level and keeps our body system healthy. Whether you are more of a weight-lifting person or a runner, being active means your mood will be improved, your weight will be controlled and also, the risk of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular and mental illnesses will significantly drop.
But, how can you know if your favorite type of workout is overdone or needs to be practiced more? Is there a rule about each type of training routine? Good news is, there might be some valuable advices and “rules” to follow in order to get the best out of each workout session without overdoing it or the opposite.
If cardio is your thing…
If Cardio is your ultimate type of workout, then stick to it. There is nothing wrong in wanting and enjoying to constantly doing something. After all, repetition is what develops a skill right? Experts recommend an average of 140 minutes of Cardio training per week. Many researches show that when a person gets to only do Cardio exercises like running, cycling, swimming etc., for at least 3 times a week, many psychological and physiological benefits are on the way. The only bad thing about sticking to only this type of workout is the fact our body starts getting used to it.
This means that many of the expected benefits will no longer come in the same amount and with the same power as they used to. Losing weight or keeping it, will be more difficult. You know why? Because our body is a master at adaption. So, if you want to really get all the amazing cardiovascular, physiological and physical benefits, then you should follow some experts advices. Especially focused on speeding techniques. Try to perform a variety of many available cardiovascular exercises in order to get the best out of this type of workout. But, if three times a week doesn’t seem enough, expert’s advice is to not surpass over 5 to 6 days a week. Doing 30 minutes of Cardio workout, is ideal! Let your muscles rest for at least 1 to 2 days to better experience all the health benefits.
If lifting weights is what you love to do…
Good news about strength training is that everyone doing it, is supposed to follow a scheduled routine of exercises in order to achieve the wanted body goals. These strength exercises need to be repeated during a curtain amount of months. That’s because during the first month, most of the benefits you will experience are related to the brain. It needs some time to adjust and learn how to efficiently move the muscles and perform each strength exercise properly. During this period, you won’t be able to see much physical changes.
Doing strength training every single day is actually not commonly recommended. At least two days a week must be resting days so your muscles can properly recover. One of the most common advices many experts give, is to train each muscle group in different days so you can create some resting days for the other groups. Strength training can give so many amazing physical and mental benefits. Especially on building muscle mass, strength, endurance and speeding the metabolism. But, just like everything else, it shouldn’t overexert.