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How often should we be exercising?

This depends on your goals, right now it is even more important that we should all be physically active everyday, for physical and mental health benefits. 

There is a lot of amazing free workouts out there, almost too many to choose from! Which can be even more confusing if you have made the decision to take this time and opportunity to increase your physical activity whilst at home. A lot of these workouts may not be suited to the beginner especially doing high intensity interval training (HIIT) classes or AMRAP workouts with burpees or jumping lunges.

But also the experienced gym goer doesn’t need to to be doing HIIT everyday. 

This mindset can create a pressure on people that SHOULD be exercising everyday. 

Quality is still better than quantity.

Yes, for mental and physical health it’s important to try and move everyday. That movement doesn’t have to be HIIT.

The current guidelines are as follows:

  • For good physical and mental health, adults should aim to be physically active everyday.

  • Strength activities to develop or maintain the major muscle groups should be done at least TWICE per week - this includes resistance training but also heavy gardening.

  • Every week adults should aim to do AT LEAST 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise. Or a combination.

Moving everyday looks different for everyone. Walking, running, cycling, yoga, exercise class, gardening. There are many options.

You can still maintain and improve your fitness when at home. If you’re not following a programme and feel the pressure of social media to be doing all the classes take some time to create yourself a target or a schedule that includes a variation of the above.

For me this is what I aim for as a MINIMUM per week to maintain my fitness - 

3 x Resistance Training/Circuit Sessions 

2 x Cardio Sessions - at least 30 mins usually running.

1-2 x Active recovery - Yoga/Mobility

That is my basic guidelines that I know I can maintain my fitness and improve certain areas. 

Some days I just get on my mat for some stretching or deep breathing, both are still good for your physical and mental health.

Make sure you are including some recovery time and relaxation over this time.