Is it better to go to the gym every day, or just a few times a week?
Every person is different. Every person's goals, capabilities, and expectations are different. It’s all about setting realistic expectations for yourself. For some people, who have built up a proper exercise foundation, it is perfectly reasonable to go to the gym daily as they have established a good routine. They may also go to a gym close to home/work so travel time is minimal. They could have friends, family or work colleagues who keep them motivated and go to the gym with them (the social aspect).
However, it’s important to keep muscle recovery in mind. If you are just starting out, muscle soreness can hit the next day, or even the day after that! Ensure that if you do attend the gym every day you work on different muscles each day to give your other muscles a chance to recover. Some people may feel that with only working out 2-3 times a week they have more energy to push themselves harder, therefore get a better workout.
But what about if you miss a workout?
Don’t stress. It’s not the end of the world. It’s perfectly normal to go through stages of being unmotivated, or simply being busy in your everyday life. If you miss a week at the gym because you’re sick, miss a week at the gym! Chances are you’ll make yourself feel worse and your recovery time will be longer if you continue pushing your body when it’s drained. If you find yourself busy at work there are other options if you still want to get a workout in. Why not do a short workout at home? There are plenty of exercises that require no equipment but will still get you feeling the burn. Ab exercises are particularly good and there are heaps of 10 minute workouts online to follow along with. By working out at home you also don’t have to waste time travelling to and from the gym.
Having said all this, to a point you still need to be consistent with your workouts otherwise it’s unlikely you will reach your goals, or it will take you much longer to get there. If you are signed up to a personal trainer and have told them you want to lose x amount of weight in x amount of time, they will suggest a number of workouts you will likely need to do a week, in order to reach that goal in that time.
What do we think?
Overall do what makes you happy and works for your lifestyle. If going to the gym every morning helps you feel more positive for the rest of the day then continue with that routine! The gym shouldn’t be somewhere you dread going otherwise eventually your motivation will drop and you’ll stop going all together. The main thing is that you are still consistent enough that you will actually see results and reach your goals in the timeframe you would like, while still having a positive mindset about the gym.