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There are a few factors involved in this, such as your current level of fitness and lifestyle. For most people working out 4-5 days a week is the right amount. For some, who maybe work a lot, have stressful situations, and therefore don’t sleep much, maybe 3-4 is more reasonable. I say this because you want to make sure scheduled recovery days are incorporated, especially when first starting out into a regimen. More is not always better! Starting out slower is the key to building a solid foundation. Once your body has adapted to your schedule then you can increase slowly.
Just starting out I would keep your workouts under an hour. Anything over this mark can have a diminishing returns effect. If you aren’t use to working out I’d aim for 40-45 minutes and gradually increase your time a little every week. Remember that not all of your workouts have to be an hour. You could have 4 days a week at 45 minutes to an hour and another day at half of that. Sometimes keeping a more flexible schedule can help you like the process more. The more you enjoy it the more likely you are to stick with it!
- Philita Wheeler, Figure Competitor/Fitness Model