Studies confirm that shorter, more frequent workout sessions have more powerful and lasting results than longer, once- or twice-a-week workouts.
Exercising even just ten minutes a day beats an hour only once a week.
The most strategic way to capitalize on this proven theory is a training style called periodization: on a weekly basis, vary your workouts between hypertrophy work, endurance work and strength work.
For instance, during a training week, this would be an ideal routine:
- MONDAY: a pure weightlifting session
- WEDNESDAY: an interval session with lower volume weight training
- FRIDAY: a variable pace endurance workout outdoors (get the added health bonus of fresh air!) or on a cardio machine with lower volume weight training
On TUESDAY and THURSDAY, take active recovery days consisting of moderate to easy cardio.
Be sure to schedule two days in a row each week with very light or no exercise to allow your body to thoroughly regenerate.