By Tash Weddle
What motivates you to get to the gym? Is it to improve your health? To decrease aches and pains so you can function better in your life? Or is aging gracefully your intention? All of these things are benefits you obtain from the time you invest in an intelligently designed and progressed workout routine. But honestly, almost everyone who starts out training with us has one goal in common — they just want to look better. Wanting to look good naked doesn’t make us vain and shallow. It’s an awesome feeling when your clothes fit well and you walk around in a body you like living in. Feeling good about your body makes everything in life better.
But how much exercise does it take to see real physical changes from exercise? For some who hasn’t been exercising at all, training two times a week will create some physical change in your body, but only for a while. Eventually you’ll have to increase your exercise frequency to see a significant difference.
For some reason people think that exercising twice a week is sufficient. This idea probably came from the government’s exercise recommendations for general health improvements, which is 150 minutes per week (2 ½ hours), but keep in mind this recommendation is for general health improvements. If you want to make a noticeable change in your appearance, then you’ll have to step it up and get closer to five hours per week.
In fact, a study of 1500 people showed that those who exercised for a total of five hours per week were the happiest with their bodies and those who exercised less didn’t get the results they wanted.
So if you’re ready to really transform your body, then you should consider adding an extra session each week and if you’re happy with what you’ve accomplished with twice a week training, then just think what you could accomplish with three times a week.