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What Your Body Experiences When You Exercise 7 Days a Week

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By Shashini ThennakoonPublished 2 years ago 3 min read

Now let's get down to business. How many days do you exercise each week? A recent poll by The List found that 19.37% of people work out five times or more per week, 22.51% work out three days per week, 20% work out two days per week, 11.17% work out once per week, and 15% don't bother working out at all. Do you ever wonder what happens to your body when you work out seven days a week, for those devoted exercise aficionados who fall into the 19.37% "five times or more every week" category? Is it an excessive amount of exercise?

You might be surprised by what Dr. Mike Bohl, the Director of Medical Content & Education at Ro and a licensed personal trainer, has to say. Read on to discover more.

Working out seven days a week can actually be an amazing way to keep active and healthy.

According to Dr. Bohl, "It's not always a bad idea to exercise every day of the week; in fact, it can be a terrific approach to keep fit and active. However, it's crucial to prevent overtraining and exercising the same muscle groups too frequently." He adds, "It is recommended that you wait at least 48 hours before exercising the same muscle groups again. The muscles have time to rest and heal as a result." Therefore, keep doing what you're doing as long as you do it correctly.

There really are great benefits to working out every day of the week.

If you exercise seven days a week, one positive side effect is increased endurance. Jogging for a set period of time each day at a moderate speed is one way to increase your endurance. It will begin to get easier, enabling you to run faster and/or for a longer distance. However, keep in mind that it makes sense to take a day off if you are still sore after one day of exercise.

If you enjoy working out often, you can set up your week to focus on something different each day.

Dr. Bohl observes, "The opportunity to add diversity to your workout regimen is one of the best things about doing out every day. There are numerous additional forms of physical activity, including speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ) training, plyometrics, flexibility training, and balance training, to name a few. Working out isn't only about jogging or lifting weights."

The final word? If you frequently enjoy working out, you can plan your week so that each day's focus is something new. "Split training, which involves working out various muscle parts on separate days rather than working every muscle group every day, is an advice that Dr. Bohl offers if you like to stick to one sort of exercise, such as weightlifting. With split training, for instance, one day could be devoted to the chest and shoulders, one day to the back and biceps, and one day to the legs and core. You can lift weights every day with split training while yet giving each muscle group enough time to heal."

There are also negatives to working out seven days a week, like fatigue and injury.

You were aware that this was going to happen, but you must also learn from the positive. The biggest drawback of working out every day is overtraining. You're not giving your muscles enough time to recuperate and mend if you exercise too frequently or too intensely. This may lead to exhaustion, muscular damage, and eventually poor performance. One of the limitations of exercising seven days a week? It's possible to burn out and become wholly exhausted.

However many days you work out, stick to a solid warm-up period.

Regardless of how many days you choose to work out each week, Dr. Bohl stresses the importance of a good warm-up period, a time when it's crucial to get your heart rate up and prep your muscles. Dr. Bohl recommends, "To get your heart rate up, do five to 10 minutes of cardio. And to prepare your muscles, do dynamic stretches. Unlike static stretching, which involves holding stretches for a period of time, dynamic stretching involves movement and prepares the muscles for activation." Another great addition to your warm-up regimen is adding foam rolling exercises.

Cooling down is a crucial part of each workout, too.

The cool-down period is the period of time after your workout. No matter how many days a week you choose to work out, there is something else you should take into account. Reduce your heart rate now to aid your muscles in returning to their natural resting states. Dr. Bohl observes, "If you're exercising your heart, such as running, gradually slow down until you feel more at peace (like walking). It's also advised to foam roll and perform static stretches after a workout to speed healing and reduce pain."


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