How Often Should I Work Out?

In the previous blog I talked about how to ease into a fitness program without creating a lot of aches and pains. Another common question I get asked is about the frequency and intensity of workouts.

 

To answer this question, I turn to the Recommendations by the American Heart Association.

 

Recommendations for Adults include:

  • 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity
  • OR 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activities
  • OR a combination of both that is spread out throughout the week
  • PLUS moderate-to-high intensity muscle strengthening (weights or resistance) a couple of times per week

 

Recommendation for Children include:

  • Ages 3-5 years old: provide opportunities for physical play throughout the day
  • Ages 6-17 years old: 60 minutes of moderate-vigorous physical aerobic activity per day
  • PLUS muscle- and bone-strengthening (weight-bearing) activities three times per week

 

Moderate-Intensity Aerobic Activities

Vigorous-Intensity...

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