Working out at least three days a week is more beneficial than exercising everyday, says FitChis fitness trainer
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Exercising everyday is considered the best way to achieving gradual but noticeable results in any weight loss journey; however experts say that working out at least three days a week is enough and more beneficial because the body releases more energy during a rest period, rejuvenating one for more exercise translating to satisfactory outcomes.
“When someone starts working out, their body needs to adjust to the new routine because it is not used to the intensity, there is a limit to the amount of stimulation that the body muscles are capable of responding to in any given workout. It takes 24 to 48 hours for them to heal and repair and that is why it is best to work out at least three days a week, giving them ample recovery time,” said Samuel Allan, a FitChis trainer with five years of experience.
“When the body recovers, one feels energetic and they are able to keep up the momentum, engaging in intense workouts and focus on their goals. For someone who workouts every day, their muscles do not fully recover and they will feel sore for a long period hence engaging in lighter workouts for a minimum time which will not be effective.”
His statement ties with a research conducted by the University of Alabama scientists. They studied over 50 sedentary women aged between the ages of 60 to 74 and assigned different them exercising routines: one group exercise twice a week, another four times a week and the rest six times a week.
By the end of the study all the women had lost weight shed body fat, however
“Over the four-month period of our research, we observed that those who exercised twice-a-week and four-times-a-week felt more energized and physically capable and that they burned about 225 additional calories each day, beyond what they expended while exercising, compared to their calorie burning at the start of the experiment,” said Gary Hunter, a University of Alabama professor who led the study in the research report.
“However, those that worked out six times a week reacted very differently. They complained to us that working out six times a week took too much time which lead to a substantial decrease in their non-exercise energy expenditure such as driving to a destination rather than walking or using the escalator instead of going up the stairs.”