The Independent

Exercise strengthens the body and prevents diseases that come from a sedentary lifestyle. But can there be too much of a good thing? Is it ok to exercise daily?

What’s Your Starting Point?

The safe frequency of exercise depends on your health and circumstances. If you work a physically demanding job, it might be especially hard on your body to exercise daily. If you exercise outside and the weather is especially cold or hot, exercising daily could cause health problems.

If you are pregnant, have heart problems, or have recently had surgery, you should consult your primary care physician to determine the type and frequency of exercise that is safe for you. If you are completely healthy, you might choose to exercise daily.

What Are Your Goals?

Depending on your fitness goals, exercising on a daily basis could be counterproductive. When trying to gain muscle, daily exercise leads to a plateau. Exercising every day doesn’t give muscles enough time to heal and scar, which makes muscles bigger.

If, on the other hand, your goal is to lose weight, it makes sense to do at least a little exercise daily until you reach your goal. This allows the body to burn a measure of calories daily just as more calories are added each day through eating.

What’s The Determining Factor?

Whether or not it’s safe to exercise daily depends on the health condition of the person exercising and the type of exercises being done. There’s clearly nothing wrong with walking every day, but deadlifting 300-pound weights every day may damage your body.

Extreme pain is a signal that you need to take it easy. It is not necessary to exercise daily; if your body seems like it can’t take that much, the weekly recommended exercise level for adults can be reached by exercising three times a week.