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Is It Ok to Workout Everyday? Discover Why It Isn't a Good Idea!

Updated on March 23, 2018
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Fitness is one of my interests, along with enjoying sports. I hope to help other people discover how beautiful life is.

Going to the gym is something useful in order to stay fit and fight stress after a busy day. Many people have workout with friends or alone. Some of them prefer functional circuits while other ones prefer bodybuilding. Some people choose to train with free weights, other ones choose machines. At the end, there is only a thing in common: they want to stay fit. The real difference can be found on how many days they are actually going to the gym. There are people who go there 3 times a week, while there are also folks who decide to go to the gym without having any day of rest. Is it ok to workout everyday? In this article I will answer this question.

Going to the gym is a very pleasant and healthy activity.
Going to the gym is a very pleasant and healthy activity.

Is it ok to workout everyday, even if your muscles need to take a rest?

If you go to the gym, you are most probably putting all yourself into the exercises you are doing. "Train hard or go home", "no pain no gain": these are typical mantras of people going to get serious results.

"No pain, no gain", "Train hard or go home": how many times have we heard these statements in a gym? Well, they are actually true and high motivating!
"No pain, no gain", "Train hard or go home": how many times have we heard these statements in a gym? Well, they are actually true and high motivating!

If you train hard, you will get tired and your muscles will be sore. This is because intensive workout produces some muscular microlesions. When you experience some pain after your workout, it is a good sign you have put the maximum effort into doing your exercises. Anyway your muscles need to take some rest in order to regenerate themselves and to be ready for another workout. They actually grow during rest time, in order to be even more performant for the next workouts. Stressing your muscles too much without giving them time to repair themselves will result in a complete failure, as you are not even giving them time to grow. This is the main reason why it is not ok to workout everyday.

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Excesses are never good

Just like it is not a good idea to eat pizza everyday or to drink 4 litres of water in 3 hours, also going to the gym everyday is not really the best solution for you. In every situation, excesses are never a good idea. The same can be applied to training sessions at the gym: it is never a good idea to exaggerate. Overtraining may not lead only to health issues, but also to psychological ones, as you are living your workouts in an obsessive way. Performance anxieties are very bad for you, especially when we are talking about your health.

They told you pastries and other delicious things should not be eaten too much, especially when you are trying to reach a goal in order to stay fit. Anyway also exaggerating with sessions at the gym is not good for your health. Moderation is the key.
They told you pastries and other delicious things should not be eaten too much, especially when you are trying to reach a goal in order to stay fit. Anyway also exaggerating with sessions at the gym is not good for your health. Moderation is the key.

If you go to the gym too often, you are going to lose motivation

Is it ok to workout everyday if you are completely gym-a-holic and can face every challenge? Psychological consequences of overtraining are not the only ones you can encounter. You can love gym, but overtraining will make you tired in any case: remember you are a human being, before any other thing.

Being tired makes you less proficient in the exercises and will make you also eat more in order to compensate. You are actually at risk of not performing well during the workout sessions, and even on a diet. You are even going to be less performant in the everyday life, as you will be at risk of having issues sleeping. That's why constancy is very important, without exaggerating with your goals.

You should put the maximum effort into your workout, but without exaggerating. Take a rest after your session at the gym and let your muscles regenerate themselves.
You should put the maximum effort into your workout, but without exaggerating. Take a rest after your session at the gym and let your muscles regenerate themselves.

Free time is important: don't workout every day

Going to the gym is actually something you do in your free time in order to stay fit. Anyway you have also other things to do when you are not at work: caring about family, hanging out with friends, listening to music, watching TV, reading some books. If you go to the gym everyday, you are going to cut all time you could reserve to other things in your life. This is another reason why it is better to balance your activities in your free time. Going to the gym 3 times a week is actually a good compromise which will make you more proficient in every aspect of your life.

Relaxing yourself, hanging out with friends, going to the cinema. There are various things to do in your life: do not spend the whole day at the gym!
Relaxing yourself, hanging out with friends, going to the cinema. There are various things to do in your life: do not spend the whole day at the gym!

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What is your opinion about going to the gym everyday? Are you actually enjoying it without having particular issues or not? Comment this article with your opinions about this topic!

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    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      3 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi Alesscio, this is what I like. And, thanks for sharing.

      In most of my keep fit articles, I always stress limiting any exercise for 2 or 3 days. With the exception of the American Heart Association which stress that exercises like jogging are to be done 5 times in the week to prevent prostate, breast and colon cancers, all others I take it for between 1 to 3 times in the week.

      Doing one exercise in a week fares much better than doing it every day.

      A car even gets tired if you drive it daily, and the result is clear it will break down for a rest and then you repair it.

      Once again, thank you for sharing.

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