One of the most common questions among people who exercise every day is the amount of time that you should exercise. And though exist thousands of workout plans to give us an idea of what may work to get us “in shape,” each one has a different amount of workout days that commonly generates more questions about how much is enough?
And like science always does, it has come to answer our doubts, giving an unexpected conclusion. And it might be a harsh one for all those who have complications in finding motivation to go to the gym.
Recently an interview with Shawn Arent in BusinessInsider, who is an exercise researcher at Rutgers University, helped with this issue.
According to Arent, there a several differences between work out plans of two days, four days and a week. The truth is that doing exercises once a week is better than not doing anything at all, and if you have already your “six pack,” exercising a couple of days per week will might not give you extra benefits.
Here’s everything he said about this subject during his interview:
“A minimum of three days per week, for a structured exercise program. Technically, you should do something every day, and by something I mean physical activity — just move. Because we’re finding more and more that the act of sitting counteracts any of the activity you do.
“So let’s say you go work out for an hour a day and then you sit for the rest of the day — the health consequences are awful from the sitting standpoint. There’s a recent study that just came out on that. So, you need to be active at other points in the day as well besides just the exercise.
“But there’s an interesting split between exercising two days per week and three days per week, and it has to do with the frequency you stimulate the system. So with three days per week — you get significant gains early on, and you’re going to want to progress beyond that three, ideally. Two days per week, you don’t get much change — you just don’t do it frequently enough to have some of the other positive health outcomes that come along with it.
“In terms of resistance training — [you should do it] two to five days per week, it depends on the level you’re at, in terms of how advanced you are and how you train your body. Early on we can get pretty good gains in kids and older adults with two days per week, but we still want to progress them pretty quickly to three or four days per week.”