Since I started going through puberty, I have struggled with my weight. I have always had to eat a well-balanced diet to maintain an average, healthy weight. In middle school, I quickly realized that exercise would also need to become a part of my routine. However, one of the biggest questions, which has taken me years to find the answer to, is: How often should you exercise?
1. Exercise (almost) everyday. – Before you choose to exit out of this blog, hear me out: Exercise everyday, but exercise moderately. If you’re putting the right foods into your body, you will still lose weight, even if you’re only choosing to take walks at your local park or quick bike rides around your neighborhood. Moderate exercise will aid in the weight loss process, keep off the water weight, and tone you up.
2. Don’t over-do. Unfortunately, I had to learn this the hard way. If you workout intensely beyond 90 minutes, your immunity begins to go down. Initially, I disagreed with this philosophy, but after trying to workout for more than 90 minutes a day, on several different occasions, I found this to be true. Almost every time, I came down sick and, hence, was unable to workout at all. So, I recommend working out between 40 to 60 minutes a day; less than that may not be quite enough to get the results you want, but more than that will probably be too much and merely create setbacks.
3. Take a day off. Don’t be afraid to take a break once in a while. In fact, taking a break can help you achieve the results you want, especially if you’re working with weights. Your body needs time to repair itself from all the work you’ve been doing to change it, and plus, who doesn’t want to reward themselves with a day off from time to time? My advice: Choose a specific day that you always elect to not-workout. That way, you always have a break day to look forward to and can easily remember when you last had a day off.
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