Move Daily, Feel Amazing: Do you need to work out every day?

Jun 8, 2023 | Activity, Consistency

Once and for all, I’m answering the age-old question: Do I need to workout every day? My answer may surprise you: NOPE! You don’t have to workout every single day.

HOWEVER, while you may not have to engage in intense workouts seven days a week, I do recommend moving your body every single day as a non-negotiable. Our bodies were designed to move, and finding ways to incorporate daily movement is essential for our overall health and well-being.

Workout vs. Movement – the Distinction

First thing first, it’s important to understand that working out and moving your body are not necessarily the same thing. I often refer to them interchangeably because I believe if you’re moving, it counts! But in the traditional sense, working out refers to structured, intense exercise sessions, while movement encompasses a broader range of activities. Our bodies thrive on movement, whether it’s through exercise or simple daily activities like walking, stretching, or even household chores.

While rest and recovery days are important for muscle repair and growth, incorporating some form of movement every day can do wonders for our physical and mental health. Gentle stretching or recovery-based workouts, like yoga or Pilates, can help increase flexibility, improve posture, and promote relaxation. So, even on your rest days, consider giving your body some love through gentle movement.

Walking is also a fantastic (and SUPER underrated) way to get your daily dose of movement. It’s low-impact, accessible to most people, and can be easily incorporated into your daily routine. Whether it’s a brisk walk in the morning, a stroll during your lunch break, or an evening walk to unwind, it all counts.

Not JUST Physical: Boosting Mood and Reducing Stress

Remember, movement is not just about the physical benefits. It’s also about boosting our mood and reducing stress. Engaging in any form of movement releases endorphins, those feel-good chemicals that lift our spirits and increase our overall well-being. So, even on those days when you’re not up for an intense workout, find joy in moving your body and reaping the mental and emotional rewards.

Variety is the spice of life, and it applies to movement as well. Incorporating different activities into your routine keeps things interesting and prevents burnout. Mix it up with activities like dancing, cycling, swimming, or participating in sports you enjoy. The key is finding activities that you genuinely love and that make you excited to move your body each day.

It’s also important to listen to your body and honor its needs. Some days, your body may crave a challenging workout, while other days, it may need restorative movement or active recovery. No matter your body’s needs, “off” days are very rarely the answer. While sitting on the couch and “vegging out” sounds like a great idea, almost nobody actually feels better after becoming a couch blob. But by tuning in and being mindful of what your body is telling you – and actually listening, you can strike the right balance between exertion and rest.

So, to answer the question, no, you don’t have to work out intensely every single day. But, yes, you do need to move your body every day. Whether it’s a structured workout, gentle stretching, or an active day filled with various activities, the important thing is to keep your body in motion. The more you move, the better you’ll feel, both physically and mentally. Embrace the understanding that our bodies were meant to move, and let that be your guide on this journey to a healthier, happier you.

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