Hi Friends of Oompf, its Agnes here. Today, I am going to talk about how much training is optimal and how you can tell if you are overtraining.
We all go into workouts with our own set of goals and expectations, and most of us have wondered how often we should work out. This answer could be totally different from your sibling or your co-worker as your workout routine should be catered to you individually based on your fitness level and goals. For example, if you have not worked out in the past 6 months, you might want to start with about 2-3 days of light- moderate intensity exercise. However, if you are already doing some kind of exercise in your week then you may want to bump your training intensity up to 4-5 days. That being said, your training schedule is also highly dependent on your personal goals. Do you aim to be a body builder? Or maybe run a marathon? Or maybe you just want to keep in shape. All these factors play a part in determining your training intensity and frequency.
For myself, I exercise 5-6 times a week, each session between 50 minute to an hour. I vary my training so I would alternate between high intensity and moderate intensity for 4 -5 of the days and one day is just stretching. I would not do consecutive days of high intensity of consecutive days of heavy strength and endurance as my body needs time to recover. Sufficient amount of food especially protein and sufficient rest, are key to building strength and fitness level.
Talk to your personal trainer about your training regime; you should know what and how you are progressing. If however you do not know where to begin it's best to get the help of a personal trainer who can effectively develop a program for you to achieve your goals.