How often should I go to the gym?

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    How often should I go to the gym?

    During the month of July, I want to take a subscription to the gym, to use their cardio stuff. How often should I go? Is every day too much?

    Thanks!

    #2
    A basic rule is not to do 3 intense workouts in a row, to have a recovery day (you may do some yoga for example or something not intese that day as active recovery) between 2 intense workouts.
    So for example ,you can go to the gym 3 days per week to do cardio

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      #3
      Thank you

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        #4
        Depends on your goal and condition, but probably 3 to 4 days would be the key to achieve results.

        I used to go every single day, but you can't keep up with high intensity for a very long time.

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          #5
          Well I mainly want to lose fat, and I'm in good health, but not in very good shape

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            #6
            Avatar left a few words out in his otherwise excellent comment. "A basic rule is not to do 3 intense workouts in a row" should read "A basic rule is not to do 3 intense workouts of the same kind in a row".
            If you are only to be doing, say, Lower Body Cardio, that would be three times a week - MAX. But, those three, plus three times Abs, plus one Upper Body ... you have a week! with at least 4 "rest days" each.
            The concept of "rest days" is not to slack off so much as to give certain muscle groups a break. A rest. Recovery time.
            As for losing weight? It's easier to do by reduced eating - preferably of sugars - than by increased moving. The moving will help you look and feel better, though.

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              #7
              Thank you. I will see what's available.

              And I already do reduced eating, of course!

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                #8
                @DaithiMeyer The rule that you consider is known for example for the weight lifting workouts,but I want to notice the danger of the overtraining.
                If we do every day Intense workouts with higher heart rates even for different muscle target we may have problem of "overtraining" for the heart depending the level of the athlete,so the best is to listen to our body.

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                  #9
                  Start off small, build the habit, listen to your body. More is not always better, especially if more is too much. I started off a few weeks ago using a heart rate monitor, aimed to burn 100 kcals per workout daily, and add 1 kcal per day until I reach 150 kcals per workout (that was about a 15 to 20 minute workout for me, a 55 year old, slightly overweight male in good health and with fairly good fitness levels). I reached that goal and then decided to do two workouts per day, one primarily cardio and one using weights, burning 150 kcals per workout. That was way too much for me. I was way sore and felt sluggish all day. Always listen to your body and decide what is too much or not enough.

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                    #10
                    It depends on what you're doing. You could literally go every day and walk 20 minutes on the treadmill. Gyms are good for socializing, enjoying the atmosphere, and working on yourself while others are working on themselves as well. It's a place to be, so to speak, and you can/should go every day if you enjoy it.

                    The best thing to do is get in a habit of going and spending time on the treadmill. Don't get bogged down or focused with calories, incline %s, weights, and all that. Just go, get on a treadmill, and walk every day.

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                      #11
                      Thanks eveeryone.

                      My problem is that I think I want to do too much?

                      I want to have fun with the machines at the gym (like the bikes!), but I also wanna try couch to 5k again... Any idea how I could implement that? Can I do couch to 5k + a bike workout on a gym day? (of course monitoring my condition, checking I'm not in pain, etc)?

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