Some movement is always better than none (just 60 seconds of exercise can make up for 14 minutes spent sitting, ICYWW). And while I love going to an hour-long workout class, once I walk or take the subway there and back, I’ve burned at least two hours (maybe more) by the time I make it home. Factor in showering, breakfast, and the workout itself, and well…you get the picture. Seeing that workouts can be hard to fit into jam-packed schedules, how exactly do you know how long you should be working out?
You definitely don’t have to clear two (or more) hours in your day to get a workout in, that’s for sure (TY, streaming workouts at home) and experts have a lot to say about finding your sweet spot when it comes to timing your workouts.
Since there’s a lot to consider when it comes to figuring out how long your workouts should be, I tapped certified trainer Brooke Taylor to help get to the bottom of figuring out how long you should work out.
How long should you work out?
Everyone is different, so you have to know that anyone’s specific needs and goals can change the below recommendations. “The average person should be getting in at least three-to-five workouts (30 to 60 min each) spread throughout the week for cardiovascular health, muscle strength, and endurance so that they continue to see results,” says Taylor.