If you only
exercise on the weekends, you are increasing your risk of a debilitating injury
because your body has not had a chance to gradually adjust. You are taxing it
for two days and then not working it again for another five days. Do you notice
that you are sore a day or two after you exercise? With a consistent routine,
you would not have that soreness.
workout routine also improves your mood. When you exercise, your brain releases
a hormone called endorphins. The purpose of endorphins is to reduce the
discomfort of exercising, but it also has an effect on mood. Known as an
exercise high, we are generally in a happier mood after exercising and the
effect lasts for a few hours after. Without a consistent routine, you’ll notice
more mood swings up and down.
If you are
trying to lose weight or build muscle, a sporadic exercise routine will not
help you achieve either goal. By only exercising two days per week you are not
expending enough calories to affect weight loss. And as far as building muscle
(larger muscles help burn more calories which will also help with weight loss),
muscles need to be exercised at least every other day to have any real
noticeable increase in size.
If you don’t
yet have a consistent routine, you can create one by giving yourself a “trial
period” of exercising four days per week, one hour per day, for thirty days. It
takes anywhere from 21 to 30 days to turn an activity into a habit. If you find
that you don’t like it after your trial period, you can go back to your old
schedule (but most likely you won’t because it is now a habit).
the same time each day. For most people it works best to do it right after they
get up in the morning. However for some, they prefer to do it during their
lunch hour or after work either on the way home or after getting home.
Experiment and find which time works best for you and then stick to that time.
regular exercise regimen will not only revive you physically, but also
mentally. With consistency comes a gradual increase in muscle mass, reduced
stress and an overall greater feeling of relaxation.