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How Much Should I Workout!

The most frequently asked questions usually consist of "How often, how hard, how long and what type of exercise should I do."In the previous post we provided the F.I.T.T principals to help answer a few of the more basics questions. With this post we will provide more context

Cardiovascular training and resistance training can be done on the same day. It's up to you whether you want to do both in one day or separate them. Just know that the first type of training you do on any day might inhibit your performance in the second type of training.

For overall health and to maintain cardiovascular and muscular fitness, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends:

  • at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, of moderate-intensity cardio exercise (that is, an activity that works up a sweat, but in which you're still able to talk comfortably)
  • or at least 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week, of vigorous-intensity cardio exercise (such as cycling or running to the point that talking becomes difficult because of the need for heavier breathing)
  • or a combination of the 2 during the week
  • and 2–3 days of whole-body resistance or weight training per week
  • and flexibility exercises 2 or 3 days a week

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