How Many Times a Week Should I Work Out?

How many times a week do I need to workout with my DVD's? I have been doing two or three mile workouts everyday, but then someone said the reason I wasn't dropping pounds as quickly as I wanted too was I was doing it too much and was doing the walking at the end of my day , so now I'm confused.

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Leslie Sansone
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This is such a great question and one I am asked often! When we do the same exercise over and over, eventually your body gets locked into one workout and stops progressing. The goal of exercise is to get our bodies to change, but that change is precisely what can leave you on fitness plateaus -- levels where you see no additional weight loss even though you are exercising as hard as ever.

By exercising, you grow more muscle, improve the strength of your heart and lungs, and create more of the enzymes that take your food and oxygen and transfer it to your muscle. This is great news, but this also means that your body no longer has to work as hard to achieve the same results.  A twenty-minute mile might have left you breathless when you started, but now that same mile is a cakewalk.

Try some interval walking.  At the simplest level Interval walking is simply doing moderate levels of activity, mixed in with short burts of activity.  No need to be intimidated!  Just think of interval training as the simple formula of slower, faster, slower, faster.  For example, you would need to warm up for a few minutes and then after that do three to five intervals which include three minutes of brisk walking following by one to two minutes of faster walking or jogging, or even running.  This will definitely increase your calorie burn and present a new challenge your body isn’t used to! 

Much Love,
Leslie
 

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