I have been working out for a solid 5 years now, so I know a thing or two about working out. So let’s cover weight training; most experts will say that weight training should not be done every day and then there are bodybuilders who are actually out in the field working out every day and are consistently seeing results. A good rule of thumb is to take ONE full day off a week. Your muscles need 24-48 hours to heal and repair themselves.
Cardio workouts are just as important as lifting weights; it gets your heart pumping and is great for the cardiovascular system. Cardio is recommended to be done 3 to 5 times a week for 20 to 60 minute sessions. The best time to do any type of cardio is in the morning on an empty stomach; or right after an intense weight training session to optimize fat loss!
Like everything else in life, it is always good to take a break. After 6-8 weeks of consistent training it is recommended that you take between one to two weeks off from all exercising to let your body heal up and fix any issues that you might not be aware about that could cause an injury down the road. During this time off from the gym make sure you are eating good healthy foods to optimize healing. You will not lose all your "gains" from taking one or two weeks off from the gym, that is a myth! If anything you will come back to the gym after that time off and hit some new personal records! So what are you waiting for, TAKE A BREAK!
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