Working out can be complicated and has a lot of variables that can be hard to understand, today we go over if you should work out everyday. Following our advice will hopefully leave you with more energy to do the things you enjoy, working out isn’t fun if you’re tired all the time.
Do you need to work out everyday?
According to the CDC, 80% of US residents do not get the recommended amount of exercise. But how much is appropriate for us, and what is the most effective way to go about getting it? With all of the benefits working out has related to our health, it is important to consider these questions in order to make sure that we are living the most healthiest and productive lives as possible.
Why Working Out is Essential
Of course we know about how exercise promotes weight loss, but what other physical benefits does it have? From our muscles to our circulatory system, and to our immune system, exercise is beneficial to almost every part of our body, and it is also beneficial in helping it maintaining it’s proper functions.
One of the most important impacts exercise has on our bodies, is boosting our immune systems. Working out helps increase the speed in which our body creates leukocytes (white blood cells) and antibodies. In return, our body is alerted if an infection or virus is present a lot sooner than it would if we weren’t physically active. Our bodies are also alerted if potential illness is present faster by an improved circulatory system, which exercise also helps promote. By pinpointing illness early on, we are able to treat it faster so that it doesn’t become a major problem. Studies show that working out even cuts the common cold in half!
Working out also has other physical benefits such as helping us maintain proper posture which promotes bone health. It also strengthens the muscles and joints so that daily tasks become a lot less daunting and we are able to move around more at ease.
Another important aspect of working out physically speaking, is that it helps our digestive system function properly. Exercise helps stimulate our organs so that everything moves through our digestive system a lot quicker, causing waste to exit our system quickly and more efficiently.
Physical health is not the only area of health that working out is good for. Physical activity is also key for mental health. Exercise helps reduce stress levels by releasing endorphins that combat depression. Not only does exercise help defeat depression, but it also helps you have a lower chance of remission. It is also known to help provide an escape for people so that they can take a moment to focus on something other than daily anxieties and stress.
How Often Should You Work Out?
Research was recently published in a journal called, “Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism”, that showed as long as you get 150 minutes of physical activity per week, then you are generally good to go. It surprisingly showed that even if you do not spread these minutes throughout each day, you should still be getting the proper amount of exercise each week. However, although they say you can spread it out over the week as you wish, they do recommend that you stay away from bulking it all into one day, for they haven’t done adequate research on only working out one day per week yet.
So Where do I Start?
Even though 150 minutes doesn’t seem like a lot, for some it may be a lot to take on at once. Luckily, there are many various methods in which you can gradually work up to this point so that you can ensure you are getting the physical activity that your body requires.
With modern technology, it is easy to introduce different devices that help you track your weekly workouts. One great method is to buy a pedometer. By purchasing a pedometer, you can find out how many steps would be equal to 150 minutes per week. Once you have found out, try aiming lower at first. During the first seven days, try to aim for the amount of steps that equals to roughly 90 minutes, then work your way up. A lot of people swear by pedometers due to the fact that they usually motivate you to incorporate more steps during your daily routine, so you can get your work out in while at the office!
Another great development in modern technology, is the amount of applications available to help aid users in working out. Many apps are available to record your workouts, but there are also apps that have an alarm system that goes off every 10 minutes or so. One of these apps is called, “Seconds” for iPhones. These interval workouts are great for people starting out, because they only have you do a small amount of specific workout regimens every so often, so you do not get worn out as easily.
The thought of increasing your workout routine can be rather intimidating, but with all of the added health benefits, it is more than necessary to be sure that you are getting the appropriate amount of exercise recommended to the average adult. It won’t take long before you get there, and the results will show themselves sooner than you think!