Kicking off a regular workout routine requires both figuring out what to do and also when to do it 

and the latter often means answering the common question: How many days a week should I work out? 

Of course, the answer can vary from person to person, and takes into account fitness goals 

activity level, age, and more. But you can follow some general guidelines to help you plan an optimal weekly workout schedule 

Ideally, if you want to boost your general health and fitness, you want to aim to exercise about five days a week 

King Hancock, ACSM-CPT, Sweat 2 Success instructor on NEOU, a fitness streaming service, tells Health

That might sound like a lot, but not every day should be intense, and your workouts can last for as little as 30 minutes. 

How often you work out depends on your experience with fitness snd the time you have available, too 

Or if your schedule just doesn’t allow for five days a week, aim for three days and see if you can take 45 minutes for your workout. 

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