I get asked a lot similar questions, so over the next month both on my Instagram (@fitchicnic) and on here, I’ll be going through the alphabet talking about some of the most common health and fitness related questions and topics.F is for Frequency / Flexibility
F is for Frequency / Flexibility
How often should you train?
Firstly, whatever is realistic for your lifestyle. Don’t promise yourself 5x a week if you realistically can’t due to work and family commitments. However if you have the time and motivation, there’s no reason you need to train more than 5x a week. Take two rest days off non-consecutively for your mind and muscles to recover. That’s not to say you can’t do some “active recovery” on those days (walking, gardening, gentle stretching) but you don’t need to hammer the HIIT or heavy training 7 days a week.
Being flexible is very important. I’m not talking about crazy yoga poses you see on IG, but maintaining a good level of flexibility is important for preventing injury in everyday life, as well as when you’re lifting weights. Take a yoga class every now and again, and make sure you include some kind of stretching before (dynamic) and after (static) a workout. It’s easy to skip it to go home and watch TV/eat asap, but it’ll really benefit you in the long run.
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