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How Often To Exercise (it’s less than you think!)

By Greg Brookes

Train the body, don’t drain the body

Is an expression sometimes heard in Personal Training circles.

When you exercise you should be adding energy and life to your body and not taking it away.

Frequently I get asked: How often should I workout?

How often you exercise, fundamentally, depends on how long it takes you to recover from your previous workout.

Recovery from exercise varies from one person to the next.

Here are some factors that will lengthen your exercise recovery:

  • Age – the older you are the longer it takes for you to heal from exercise
  • Nutrition – if you eat and drink badly then your body lacks vital nutrients to recover
  • Intensity – hard prolonged exercise will take longer than short bursts of exercise
  • Occupation – if you have a very physical job then recovery will take longer

If you are constantly feeling tired, falling sick, feel demotivated or getting injured then you need to look at your exercise program.

If exercise is taking away from your health and not improving it then you need to make some changes

One of the biggest mistakes I see is trying to work the body too hard. More is not always better.

I have found that shorter but more intense workouts enable the body to recover quicker, produce a lot less stress on the hormonal system and are more fun to perform.

You can perform a short bodyweight or kettlebell workout in 10 minutes and be fresh and ready to go again the next day!

Here’s a workout example:

Here are videos of the above exercises:

Kettlebell Swing



Push Ups



Kettlebell Goblet Squats



Regular Rows


You will need to add variety to your workouts to keep challenging your body and avoid overuse injuries but ultimately shorter workouts are kinder to your body.

Stay mobile, eat well, keep stress levels down and you have the recipe for a beautiful healthy body.

Take care,


P.S. See all my Workout programs for 2016 here

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    1. PRADEEP MANNIL Avatar

      Dear Greg,

      Thank you for the reply.

    2. PRADEEP MANNIL Avatar

      Some reports say that you should work out for 150 minutes a week . some says per day 20 minutes. It is quite confusing .Have seen reports saying that if you are using kettle bells you can work 7 days per week. Would like to know for a person aged above 40 to have effective fat loss how often should he/she should work out ? can he/she work out for 5 days a week ? or is it mandatory to skip a day between the work outs ? Most of the people dont have time to work out 60 minutes a day. an early reply shall highly be appreciated.

      1. Greg Brookes Avatar

        Hi Pradeep, we are all so different so there is never a ‘one size fits all’ approach as I mention in the article above. Don’t let reports confuse you, just get out there and do something on a consistent basis. All the best