Question: Exercising Every Day

Is it really necessary to exercise every single day? Can I have "break days"? I am really into toning up and do a lot of strength training. If I miss a day or two, it should not be a train smash, right? I always feel like if I miss a day of training my muscles will lose all that work I've done.

Answer

When it comes to strength training – and effective strength training with heavier weights, where the struggle to perform the last few reps – your muscles needs a day’s rest before being worked again. If you want to train one day after the other, you need to split your workouts into upper and lower, and alternate between the two. That said, it only takes 3 moderately intense strength sessions a week to see significant results, so don’t feel bad for taking a day off. 

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