Can I work out 7 days a week?

This is in response to a question asked here.

A great article for this can be found on the LIVESTRONG website, but for a more brief explanation of the subject, keep reading!

The main issue with working out every day of the week lies rooted in the recovery of muscles. Muscles need a certain period of time to recover, not letting this occur leads to performance problems and possible physiological strain. The following are techniques you can utilize to improve muscle recovery.

Why Recover?

When you work-out, you are actually creating micro-tears in your muscles. Recovery time ensures that your body can repair these tears, and actually over-compensate ultimately increasing your strength.

Alternating Muscle Groups

If you are insistent on working out every day, it is imperative that you develop a workout that alternates the muscle groups utilized. Here is a sample of two good alternating workouts:

  1. Chest, back and shoulders
  2. Legs, arms, core

Ensuring that the same group of muscles is not strained more than 2-3 days in a row is extremely important in maintaining exercise performance as well as physiological stability.

Cardio vs. Weight Training

You can also alternate between cardio-based exercises and intense weight training. Taking a day or two and focussing on workouts such as running, biking, or the elliptical machine can give your body a chance to relax and lengthen the muscles before returning to a more intense weight training exercise.

There you have it, you can work out daily, but you must do it in an intelligent fashion to let your body recover. Recovery is an extremely important parameter in the development of increased muscular and cardiovascular capacity!

- T.A.B



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