The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate activity, or 75 minutes of intense physical activity, per week. If you were to spread this out over seven days it comes out to about 21 minutes per day, if you work out every single day. Other reputable sources may tell you to get at least 30 minutes of mild aerobic activity per day, while others will give a different recommendation. It can be hard to know what’s right and what’s wrong – but what we do know is that exercising and moving your body is really good for you and your health.
There’s no doubt about the fact that how long you do each exercise for varies depending on the activity. For example, you can go for 20-minute jog, but you probably should not squat for 20 minutes straight. The main reason why it’s important to time your workouts is to make sure you’re getting the right amount of exercise without overdoing it. If you overwork yourself when you are working out not only will you begin to resent your routine, but you can hurt yourself and develop additional symptoms like irritability, anger, lower immune system and fatigue. Many people will jump into a new workout routine with great commitment and will spend countless hours at the gym and pushing themselves into harder workouts in order to try and achieve a specific goal faster. When you do tough workouts it’s important to give your body some down time to recover and repair itself before you move on to your next session. If you push yourself too hard you won’t see improvements and you will burn out quick. Here are some tips on timing your workouts properly so that you are achieving the benefits of exercising without burning out:
- Timing your workouts depends on the level of intensity – the more intense the routine the shorter time you should do it. For example, high intensity interval training should be the shortest of your workouts because this type of exercise can be really intense and keep your heart rate elevated. More gentle exercise like yoga, stretching and Pilates can be longer.
- Invest in a heart rate monitor to help you keep track of your resting rate. If you notice that your heart rate will suddenly skyrocket this means that your body is experiencing stress and you need to back off from your workout.
- Working out too long and too much can actually lead to you losing muscle mass and increasing fat tissue. It’s important to get rest in between workout days to let your body relax and repair itself, and so you can ultimately achieve your weight loss and health goals.
Another way to time your workouts is to select the optimum time of day to get your body moving and your blood pumping. What’s the best time of day to exercise? It really depends on your unique preferences – some people will jump out of bed straight into running shoes before the sun rises others will squeeze in a workout during lunch and some people like to end their day with a good workout and a hot shower. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to exercise, but it is important to time your workouts and be consistent with your schedule. Creating a workout schedule can be vital to the success of your weight loss journey. Great results depend on being consistent, how often you work out and how efficient your exercises are. It doesn’t matter what time of you day you exercise, but you should try to schedule your workouts around the same time each day and pencil it into your calendar – this way you won’t come up with any excuses to skip.
In addition to sticking to a schedule, it’s also important to make sure you are being efficient in your workouts so that you can achieve your health goals. If you follow our blog you’ll find that we have various articles about strength training, muscle mass, diet and lifestyle, healthy habits and so much more. If you’re ready to make some changes in order to achieve your health and wellness goals, please contact us. We would be happy to introduce you to our services and products, and offer support and guidance on your weight loss journey!