If you're struggling to figure out exactly how frequently you should be working out to start seeing some results, then we may have a few answers for you.
We are well into 2019 now, which means many of us have probably already left our new year's resolutions behind. We confidently make them as December 31 becomes January 1 and think to ourselves "how hard can it be?" Turns out it can be pretty damn hard. That's why some people simply refuse to make them as they feel as if they are simply setting themselves up for certain failure.
One of the most popular resolutions for those of you who do continue to make them is to lose weight. There are two surefire ways to do that, by dieting and exercising more. Neither of those sounds very appealing. Plus, if you don't know what you're doing, exercising can seem a lot more daunting than it appears on the surface.
For example, how often should we be exercising? Even though one trip to the gym a week might be more than you were doing previously, it's not enough for you to start seeing much in the way of results. Exercise science expert Stephanie Blozy told PopSugar that if you want to lose weight you need to "work your way up to exercising five to six days a week, with at least one rest day per week."
However, that exercise really needs to be something you enjoy, or can at least tolerate. If you try to do something you detest six days a week then once again, you'll be setting yourself up for failure. Find something you enjoy doing, whether it be running, lifting weights, or simply walking, and get into a routine of doing it on a regular basis.
Realistically, not everyone has the time to work out six days a week. Although we mentioned above that working out one day a week will not warrant much in the way of results, you're still doing more than someone who isn't working out at all. If you only have three days a week to spare, just try to work out a little longer than you might if you had six days. It is simply a case of finding the right balance for you and putting the work in once you do.