Hey everyone, hope all is well. A commonly asked question I would get asked from not only clients but everyday gym goers is “Will I reach my fitness goals faster if I work out everyday” To answer that question in my humble opinion is, No. You don’t want to rush when it comes to your health and wellbeing. I will be discussing my opinion on this subject while giving you all some helpful tips.
First, let’s address this thought” that working out every day will speed up the process”. If your mentality is to speed through this process, you’re just setting yourself up for failure. Remember the moral of the story of the Tortoise and the hare. “Slow and steady wins the race”. Having patience and trusting the process is important to understand. If you’re looking for instant gratification (results) from fitness without putting in the work (time & discipline) you will be disappointed.
Fitness, health, and wellbeing are a lifestyle. I know with all the trends that are going around like being a vegan, doing CrossFit, and taking all kinds of HIIT classes. Now, there’s nothing wrong with these trends, but they are still trends. The likelihood of you sticking to such trends are small.
To get results and keep results starts with a mindset change. You have to be ready to put in the work, you have to be acceptable to pain, learn to get rid of the ego, and most of all trust in yourself. Do more than just believe, know what you can achieve.
Next, understand that rest (recovery/off days) are important when it comes to achieving results. In my experience with many clients, a lot of them would have these stressful jobs and go to the gym is a form of release for some of them. This is an excellent form of stress relieving, I would also have clients who want to lose weight or gain muscle, and think to go to the gym every day is going make that happen faster for them. This is not accurate.
Well. I don’t understand. If I’m going to the gym every day, working out or I rest one day on the weekend. How will I not reach my goal faster?
If starting a new exercise program or just getting back into fitness. You want to rest on every third day. Example, Monday you do a total body workout. You rest Tuesday and Wednesday, get back to working out on Thursday. Now, this is ideal. If you work (also applies to students) 40 plus hours a week Monday- Friday maybe a weekend. Your days usually start between 5 am and 8 am an end between 4 pm and 6 pm. If you can relate, you know this can be challenging.
If you fall into this category, what I’ve experienced to work is, if you make a schedule where you exercise two to three times out the week. On the days when you’re not exercising, you’re resting.
Those, who are a bit more experienced, can take rest days once a week (depending on program/schedule). Every eight weeks, one week should be dedicated to rest and recovery.
I will make a later blog on the importance of rest and recovery.
Exercise along with an everyday lifestyle and no rest can have very bad effects on the body and reverse any gains that were made. Effects such as fatigue, lack of focus, body soreness and pain. These effects can also lead to a weakened immune system, making you more susceptible to disease. Strength and performance will decrease, and you put yourself at higher risk of injury.
Now, that you have a bit more insight. You should have a better idea of why working out every day doesn’t speed up the process.
I love the passion behind some of those who really want to achieve their goals. Don’t rush, this is not a race. And for those who are rushing. Slow, down and take your time. The objective is to always work smarter.
I’m not here to get you but assist you.
If you find this post helpful and informative.