Exercise: How Often is Necessary for Improvement?

With summer around the corner, you may be looking into finally getting a set workout schedule together. But how often should you work out? One of the hardest parts of working out and losing weight is keeping a set schedule of days that you work out.

Read more to find out how often you should work out, and ways that you can motivate yourself to keep up with your schedule.


When it comes to setting up a schedule to work out, getting started is the hardest part. But with consistency comes results and that is the ultimate reward. So, when it comes to working out you ultimately need to start out with at least three days each week.

If you are completely new to working out, then starting off with two times a week will suffice. But if you are already a pretty active person, you will need to do three times a week as two times a week will have no impact on your current physique.


Now that you know you have to strive for three times a week, the next step is to decide which days you will commit to. You will need to look at your work schedule and any other commitments you may have throughout the week. Again, it is very important to stay on your planned schedule to get the most out of your weight loss goals.

If you are someone who likes to spend your weekends lazy and relaxing, then do not plan to work out on those days. But if you are someone who has a busy schedule Monday through Friday, but would love to find active activities on the weekend, then plan for your workouts to be on the weekends.

Explore Activities

Whether you are someone who already has a set schedule of activities you enjoy, it is always a fun and engaging experience to go outside of your comfort level. There are a variety of activities that you may engage in that will not only be fun and active, but also a great way to burn calories and get your workout in.

Now that the weather is warmer some fun activities you may want to explore may include:

  • Rock climbing
  • Paddle boarding
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Hiking

Food Goals

Along with your plan of what days to exercise, you should make similar goals when it comes to the food you will be eating. Again, it is most beneficial when you set realistic goals for yourself. With that being said, completely eliminating a yummy but calorie-filled food may not be the option. Less is always better, but allow yourself a cheat day where you can enjoy some foods that you love. You can even set up a reward plan. If you hit your goals of workout days or maybe surpass that goal, treat yourself! 

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