In this 2nd article of the ‘how much exercise do you really need to lose weight?’ series, we ask :
How Many Days Per Week Should I exercise?
250 minutes per week of exercise is recommended, so you might think that you have to work out every day to lose weight. But that’s not necessarily true. You can exercise every other day or even every third day and still lose weight effectively.
If you prefer shorter workouts, then daily exercise is probably best for you, and you can do 20-35 minutes every day to help your weight loss goals. Exercising every day will also help you to build a regular and healthy habit for physical activity, which I’ve spoken about in other articles – http://www.tempuspersonaltraining.co.uk/3-ways-make-workout-habit-part-1/ and http://www.tempuspersonaltraining.co.uk/3-ways-make-workout-habit-part-2/
But sometimes daily workouts aren’t realistic in your schedule.
If your week is hectic, you might choose to work out every other day. But if you exercise fewer days during the week, then each session will need to be longer.
For example, you may have more time at weekends, and can do at least one 60-75-minute workout and this, combined with shorter sessions during the week, means that you won’t need to exercise every day, but you’ll still be doing enough exercise to meet the guidelines for weight loss.