Keeping active is crucial for staying healthy, and considering the recent revelation that 41 per cent of Britons aged 40-60 fail to walk for even ten minutes a month, you might be inclined to up your activity levels.
But it’s hard to know just how much exercise you should be doing to reach your fitness goals, be that weight loss or bulking up.
“The type of workout you do ultimately depend on your ability, goals, likes and dislikes, equipment available, what injuries you have, and how much time you have available,” personal trainer Tom Mans explained to The Independent.
How many days a week should you train?
Unless you’re a fitness enthusiast, you probably spend as little time in the gym as possible to achieve your health and fitness goals. But Mans says training only once or twice a week won’t give you more than a low level of fitness.
“You should train at least three times a week if you want to achieve your health and fitness goals in a reasonable amount of time, and stay fit and healthy,” Mans explains.
Training four or five times a week is ideal, but most people find that unachievable due to time constraints, so Mans says it’s best to aim for three: “This exposes your body to a large enough training stimulus throughout the week, which enables the body to adapt, get stronger, leaner and fitter.”