How many times a week do I need to exercise in order to get fit? How long should I workout for? What will be enough for me to see a difference in my fitness and start to feel healthier? Do I need to be working out every single day in order to get the benefit? Have I got to do an hour or more for it to really count as exercise? Do I always need to be sweating and out of breath to get fitter?
There are so many questions when it comes to your health and fitness. Unfortunately there is no single answer as we are all different, our bodies all respond differently to exercise and we are all starting from a different place.
When I run my challenge groups I assume that everyone is starting with only a basic level of fitness, no equipment at home and very little time to spend on working out. My aim is always to show the ladies taking part that fitness can be built up from only a few simple moves and to begin with less than 10 minutes a day.
When you are starting from point zero it is easy to become overwhelmed and give up before you even get started, so my main focus is always showing my ladies how things can be kept simple and how they can get started.
Let’s take some of those questions and I’ll give you my take on if you’re also starting out from a basic level.
How many times a week do I need to exercise in order to get fit? Quite simply as many as you can manage on a consistent basis. You will be much better off exercising 3 times a week for the next 12 weeks rather than trying to do something every single day and burning out and quitting after 2 weeks.
How long should I work out for? How long do you have? If it’s only 10 minutes then do that and if sometimes you can manage 30 – 60 minutes then absolutely go for it. Again do what you know you can be consistent with. But remember that something will always be better than nothing.
Do I need to be working out every single day in order to get the benefit? No, but obviously the more often you workout then the faster you will see the results. Your focus though should be more on the right kinds of workout and less about how often you workout.
Have I got to do an hour or more for it to really count as exercise? Heck no, as far as I’m concerned 10 minutes of purposeful movement with an aim is exercise. If I’m honest other than when I go running my workouts very rarely last longer than 30 – 45 minutes.
Do I always need to be sweating and out of breath to get fitter? No. Though I’ll admit I like to be a sweaty mess by the time I finish but that doesn’t mean you have to be. 20 minutes spent stretching or doing low impact moves might not leave you sweating but it will still be helping your body to grow stronger and fitter.
Right now my biggest piece of advice for you is to do what you know you can be consistent with, don’t worry about being perfect and just get started today. Don’t wait for tomorrow, today is the best day to get started. For more support, help and tips head over and join my free community on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/warriortribebylaurabfitnessmentor/