How Long Is the Ideal Workout?

One of the biggest things holding people back from a solid fitness routine is time. More specifically, people feel like you have to be like The Rock and spend hours in the gym, multiple times a day to get ripped. But the thing is… how long you “have” to work out is really up to your goals.

If you simply want to get moving and feel good, it doesn’t take much. Exercise guidelines used to say exercise only counts if you do it for 10 minutes or more but that’s changed in the past few years. Now, a quick walk around the block or a five-minute YouTube workout could work. Just about everyone agrees that any exercise is better than no exercise. According to LifeHacker:

  • Cardio Fitness. Ideally, you should be getting 75 to 150 minutes total of cardio per week. So if you’re into jogging or biking, three sessions lasting a half-hour is what you should be aiming for each week. But if you’re crunched for time you should look into high-intensity interval training. HIIT workouts usually take only 10 minutes or less and fitting in a few of those every week will surely please your doctor.
  • Lifting Weights. Your swoll session length really depends on what kind of goal you have in mind. For beginners, three 30-minute lifting routines a week is the sweet spot. But for the experienced lifters who are going hard and heavy, the amount of rest time you need between sets is much higher so you might be spending hours at the gym. And don’t skimp out on rest time or you might be spending days in the hospital instead.


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