How Often Should You Work Out?
The other day someone asked me how often I worked out.
I actually couldn’t answer the question for a while and had to think about it.
“I don’t work out,” I blurted. “I just play. I go out there and have fun.” I explained that although what I do is the best exercise possible to build strength and a lean body, I don’t think of it as working out.
To me, working out is drudgery, like when I used to go to the gym to torture myself doing bench or curls. Yuck.
Plus, “working out” has the word “work” in it. That to me isn’t desirable. Exercise as work isn’t in my mindset anymore because what I do isn’t work. It’s not suffering or pain, or a drag or boring, or something I feel I’m obligated to do.
If it feels like sacrifice or you don’t want to do it, or feel you should do it, then it’s going to be hard to be consistent and easier to quit.
The more your exercise seems like play, the more enjoyment you get out of your “work outs,” then the more you’ll do it, the better your attitude, the faster your results. Then you just exercise simple because it’s fun.
Results come super fast this way.
OK, so how often should you play (i.e. exercise)?
The answer is, ideally, as often as your body, mind and schedule can handle it.
If you’re a beginner, try one day a week for 5-15 minutes at first until your mind and body acclimate to the new activity. Don’t push it otherwise you’ll burn out.
As soon as you’re ready for more, add another day for 5-15 minutes. Then keep adding time and days. When you ease into it and have an attitude of fun you’ll want to do my exercises as much as possible.
Now you know how often, the next thing you need to know is how.
Stop working and start playing.
All the best,