How long and how often should I exercise? How much cardio should I do? Do I need to do strength training?
Unfortunately there isn’t one specific answer, because of all the variables. Think about all the variables you need to look at when designing your fitness program, such as, how old are you? What is your level of fitness (are you 20 or 60 pounds overweight?). Are there some health conditions (chronic fatigue, hypoglycemia, thyroid, arthritis, etc) that could affect your training and results?
You can't give everyone the same workout, especially if they are 20 years apart or 40 pounds difference, not to mention the effect some of your health conditions will have on your metabolism and recovery.
What’s your goal?
Are you trying to lose weight?
Add some muscle?
Are you exercising for competition?
Or are you simple exercising to stay healthy?
Let’s not forget, do you exercise by yourself or with a friend or group of people? And most importantly, how much time can you dedicate each week?
If you train with a friend who is at a different level of fitness, health or age....there is a good chance, depending on what type of workout you are doing (aerobic or strength training) one of you may be getting a great workout for your body and the other might be over-working or under-stressing their body.
As you can see there are several variables that need to be looked at when designing a health and fitness program. A major reason for sticking points and plateau’s has a lot to do with following the wrong workout and wrong diet.
FYI….it’s easier to train a healthy person than it is to train an unhealthy (hypoglycemia, thyroid, adrenal fatigue, arthritis, etc.) person!
A rule of thumb for most people (not everyone) who are trying to look better, feel better and sleep better is to spend 60-75% of your time doing aerobic training and 25-40% of your time should be for some type of strength training.
See if that helps, if you need more specific or individualized help, let me know and we can give you a Second Opinion on whether or not the workout and dieting program you are following is the right one for you. The last thing you want to do is spend your time, energy and effort working out with little to show for it.