How Many Times You Should Workout Per Week

How many times you should workout per week is a question that everyone will eventually ask in his or her lives. Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer to this question. Some “pros” or experts say 6 times a week is best; others say 3 times a week. Even though there is no correct answer; in my opinion, working out 4-5 times a week is best.

Why 4-5x/ Week?

There are several reasons why I believe working out 4-5 times per week is the best answer. One reason is that exercising 4-5 times a week is sustainable. This is a workout routine that you can literally do for the rest of your life. You can be fit and still enjoy having days off from the gym.

Another reason why I believe working out 4-5 times per week is most optimal is because you have 2-3 off days from the gym. The off days are your rest days aka recovery days. Recovery is very important for weight loss and muscle gain. In recovery, your muscles heal and grow, and give your body and mind a break. By having 2-3 rest days per week, the chances of being fatigued and overwhelmed are less likely.

The last reason why I would suggest working out 4-5 times per week is because you can progressive overload easier and more effective. When working out multiple times a week; you are hitting the muscles directly and indirectly. This causes the muscle to grow. This causes you to make steady progress in the gym. The same goes for running. By running multiple times a week; you are increasing your stamina and getting your legs strong.

Why I Don’t Recommend 3x/Week

The reason why I don’t recommend only working out 3 times per week is that in my opinion, your muscles are not getting enough stimulation. Don’t get me wrong; your muscles can still grow, but it is at a really slow pace.

Another reason why I don’t suggest only working out 3 times per week is because you are not revving up your metabolism enough (if fat loss is your goal). A faster metabolism means more body will burn more calories. Working out 3 times a week will speed up your metabolism, however, it would be more optimal if your metabolism was revved up for more days.

Why not 6-7x/Week?

I do not recommend 6-7 times per weeks because it is not sustainable for a long time. You are essentially working out everyday and not giving your body enough rest to properly recover. Although very few are able to exercise everyday and recover very quickly (awesome genetics) for most people this cannot be achieved long term.

Like I said there is no correct answer to how many times you should workout per week. My personal opinion is working out 4-5 times per week is most optimal for the reasons I just stated. However, this is all on you. If you feel you can only workout 3x per week, then go for it. Or if you want to workout everyday, then again go for it. You wont truly know how many times you should workout until you tried all the possible solutions.

* Possible Fitness does not imply any medical advice in this article. There are no guarantees of specific results and results may vary. Please consult your family Doctor before starting any diet or training program.

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