Is it Best to Exercise a Bit Daily or a Lot a Few Times a Week

Is it Best to Exercise a Bit Daily or a Lot a Few Times a Week

Published: 2022-08-15
Author: Edith Cowan University | Contact: ecu.edu.au
Peer-Reviewed Publication: Yes | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sms.14220

Synopsis: Exercising is important, but is it better to do a little every day, or a lot a few times a week. The four-week training study had three groups of participants performing an arm resistance exercise, and changes in muscle strength and muscle thickness were measured and compared. People think they have to do a more extended resistance training session in the gym, but that’s not the case. Lowering a heavy dumbbell slowly once or six times a day is enough.

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Exercise

Exercise is a specific bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. Exercise is performed for various reasons, to aid growth and improve strength, to develop muscles and the cardiovascular system, to hone athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance, to improve health, or simply for enjoyment.

Physical exercises are generally grouped into three types, depending on the overall effect they have on the human body:

  • Flexibility exercises stretch and lengthen muscles. Activities such as stretching help to improve joint flexibility and keep muscles limber.
  • Aerobic exercise is any physical [...]

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