Not everyone is a fitness junkie who eats creatine for breakfast and lives in the gym. Normal everyday people just want to work out enough to stay healthy and not be fat. So in order to function like a normal everyday person how many workouts per week do you need?
How Much Exercise Do You REALLY Need?
Aerobic activity and strength training are the two things we need to focus on when we talk about how much exercise we need on a daily basis.
The Department of Health and Human Services says that when it comes down to aerobic activities, you need 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity.
Meaning, if you did any kind of aerobic activity only three times per week you would only need to do it at a moderate pace for 50 minutes and you would be good to go.
When it comes to pumping iron, the weekly recommendation is at least twice a week, while covering all major muscle groups in your training. Yes, even the health department is telling you to stop skipping leg day. Each exercise should be performed with enough intensity that would allow you to do anywhere between 12 to 15 reps in a set.
Ok, so with all that in mind, what can we do to fill that quota? It has to be something very basic, with the overall goal of being healthy and not fat.
You don’t get a better 50-minute aerobic workout than running. You can play around with your tempo according to your overall fitness or maybe even give HIIT a try.
It will add some endurance to your training. Incorporating running into your weekly activities will make you fat proof and when the zombies come you will be able to outrun them.
Let’s say running is not your particular cup of tea, perhaps it’s too boring? No problem, find the nearest mountain trail, put some sandwiches and water in a backpack and start hiking.
It’s a great way to get some fresh air, get in touch with nature, burn some calories and build some muscle. Just be careful, it’s super easy to get lost if you decide to channel your inner Bear Grylls. Stick to well-known paths and you’ll be fine.