Many people ask me how often they should exercise when they are first starting. Here’s my advice:
If you are over 40 and a beginner, then start with every other day, with one day for recovery in between workouts. If you can, gradually work up to five to six days per week, with some of those days having lighter workouts. You would not want a maximum-effort workout every day; it is more about moving every day. A lighter workout day can include such exercises as: a brisk walk, an easy cycle, deep water running, a warm-up routine and stretching, or anything that gets the blood pumping without adding fatigue.
No matter what your fitness level, you need to have at least one day per week with no exercise at all to give your body a chance to regenerate and get stronger. Feel free, however, to exercise your mind on these off-days!
Tony Watts is a 50-something-year-old fitness fan who teaches various cardiovascular and weight/resistance training classes at gyms on Grand Cayman.