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Is it better to lift weights everyday, or every other day?

Exercise on most days by doing resistance training and/or Cardio. Work the same muscle groups a maximum of two to three times a week. Wait 48-72 hours before you work the same muscle group again.

The following healthy living recommendations will help you if you’re trying to lose weight, tone up your muscles, have aspirations of building lean muscle mass, are attempting to get a wash board stomach, or just want to feel better:

*1) Burn more calories then you're consuming everyday and measure your results using the following formula: Calories Consumed minus Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) minus Physical Activity minus the Thermic Effect of Food (TEF). A website that explains this formula in more detail and will help you determine how many calories you need to reach or maintain a certain weight is at http://www.primusweb.com/fitnesspartner/library/weight/calsburned.htm

Get a diet and fitness calculator that you can put on your computer or cell phone. This will allow you to easily calculate the above formula, set goals, log your daily calorie consumption, and register your physical activities.

Set realistic goals for your ideal body weight. Here are two websites that will calculate a suggested body weight:
Adults: http://www.halls.md/ideal-weight/body.htm
Teens/Children: http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/exercise/weight/bmi.html

It is difficult and unhealthy to lose more than one or two pounds per week. There are 3,500 calories in a pound. If you eat 500 fewer calories per day for a week you will lose one pound. If you burn through exercise 500 more calories per day for a week you will lose one pound.

*2) Eat natural and organic foods found on earth versus something created by a corporation to make money. Eat meals in small portions throughout the day and take a good multi-vitamin supplement.

Avoid “High Glycemic Load Carbs” (sugar, pastries, desserts, refined starches such as breads, pasta, refined grains like white rice; high starch vegetables such as potatoes) and drink lots of water. Read this article for more information on high GL Carbs:

Do not try fad diets or diet pills. Here is an excellent food pyramid that anyone can follow: http://www.rayandterry.com/html/images/PyramidLRG.gif?osCsid=26a424be471d1337e7c2f105d5c64d9d

*3) Exercise on most days by doing cardiovascular training and/or resistance training activities.

Read a book or find a certified trainer to make sure your doing all resistance training exercises correctly. A great book to buy that teaches you the resistance training basics is “Weight Training for Dummies”. A superb magazine to buy with resistance training routines that will not get you bored is "Muscle and Fitness". Signup for the free newsletter. An excellent free online resource is at http://www.exrx.net/

A good book to buy that teaches you the cardiovascular training basics is “Fitness for Dummies”.

*4) Get plenty of sleep. Sleep experts say most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimum performance, health, and safety.

*5) Educate yourself continually on health issues and make a life long commitment to good health. A great free publication is “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005”. A superb book to read is “You The Owner’s Manual”. An excellent periodic publication is the “Nutrition Action Health Letter”. A reputable test you can take to measure your biological age is at http://realage.com

Look at all areas where you can enhance your health. For example, make improvements in the quality of the air you breathe. Review outdoor air quality forecasts where you live and get an indoor air purifier. Send me an email or yahoo instant message to "gainbetterhealth" if you want an indoor air purifier recommendation and if you have any questions.

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LIft weights every other day. When you strength train your tissue around your muscles tear. Give it 48 hours, and they will be fine.

Kung Fu Girl
Every other day so that your muscles have time to heal.

After you work out and your muscles are sore it is actually because you have torn your muscles which is very good. Resting and eating protein allows the muscle to heal itself and grow bigger as it heals.

Make sure you rotate and concentrate on specific muscle groups throughout the week. Good luck and happy lifting!

The Answer Guy
every other day if you want bulk. When you lift you are tearing muscle. it regrows bigger. You need to wait 24hours for your body to do this. The main thing is give yourself a couple of days break if you do it every day though.

My trainer at the gym says every other day, because your muscles need time to heal between sessions.

Depends on the muscle group. A profesional tests each muscle group to see that he's back up to strength fast enough. Work the groups out as often as you can without significant sacrificed strength. A book like "Power" (Dr. Hatfield) will help you see what I'm saying. Yes, I know its an old book.

you should switch muscles group lifts every other day like: day 1 is biceps chest and shoulders, Day 2 is Thighs Calfs and Abs. then repeat

Jake S
work the same group every other day. you can lift every single day but do arms, chest and shoulders one day and legs, and back the next or however you wish to break it up. every other day gives the muscles time to recouperate and heal.

Every other day, your not suppose to lift weights everyday because when your lifting weights your tearing tissues and the day in between is supposed to let it heel and help your muscle grow without that day in between to let those tissue heel its only going to cause pain and no growth in your muscles

every other day to give muscles a rest so they can rebuild

Rotate everyother day, but, Abs can be worked everyday.

Everyday, but different groups between days. Upper body Mon, Wed, Fri. Lower body Tue, Wed. Cardio/fatburn at least 20 minutes each day after the weight training. Rest on the Weekend.

Every other day. Your muscles only grow when they are at rest. You can still do fitness and cardio on your "off" days

lift weights every other day. rotate between legs and arms.

monday - bench press, pec flyes, inclined bench, push ups
tuesday- all legs stuff like lunges and sqauts cleans maybe dead lift, calf raisers

rotate that every day

i hear from different sources that it should be every other day, so your muscles have the time to relax.

you have to lift every other day. if you lift every day you dont give your muscles a chance to heal so they will never grow

every other is good if you are trying to maintain healthy tone but if your trying to " bulk up" then people tend to do it more often. I have heard of people doing all day everyday, but for most that is unhealthy as well as unreallistic. everyday will not hurt yoyu unless it is done the wrong way.

I work upper body one day, then lower the next. Gives the muscles a break in between sessions.

Bradley P
It depends on how you lift. Generally the rule of thumb is that you want to give your muscles at least a full day's rest, or 24 hours, between weight or strength training sessions, but since you have multiple muscle groups in your body there are *ways* to manage this.

If you are hitting *every* muscle group you want to train at every workout, then yes, every other day is best. Meaning you work out all your muscle groups one day, rest the next doing nothing more than light stretching or cardio, then go again the next. Your muscles need the downtime to recover from the stress and grow stronger...and frankly, you need the downtime to recover from the pain, stretch properly and *not* maim yourself.

However, if you look carefully at some of the gym-rats around you, the ones who seem to be there every day some....you might notice that they are only working *one* muscle group a day. If you do that, or if you only go half and half, you can work out more often.

Meaning....say you work out your upper body *only* on Mondays (from your ribcage up, just chest, arms, shoulders and neck). You should then be able to work your *lower body ONLY* (from the ribcage down, that is abs, mid-to-lower back, and legs) to your heart's content on Tuesday. But the Rule of Rest still applies, no hitting that upper body again until Wednesday, nor that lower body until Thursday. And likewise, others divide their muscle groups up further into push-groups, pull-groups, trust me, weight-lifting can be one of the most *over-thought* hobbies a person can pursue....*lol*. ;)

And the people who only work out one or two muscles a day, five to seven days a week? Forget them. For starters, they are simply hooked on the burn, the pain and the tedium of working *A* muscle to failure every day....and for enders, they are only hitting any given muscle or muscle group once a week, which is "ok" for hyper-trophy but not much else (that building of bulk, which depends a lot on a) working a muscle until it utterly *fails* and then b) giving it as *long* a rest period as possible to gain mass).

Hope this helps, and remember, if in doubt, stretch more, rest more and lift less. Really. Lifting, when done correctly, is as much an art of laziness (of proper resting) as it is of working out.

If you are doing strenuous lifting, you should probably do it every other day. Lifting puts a lot of strain on your muscles, which prompts them to grow in response. If you don't give them enough rest, you could easily pull a muscle or otherwise injure yourself.

It is good to do light exercise every day, however. Particularly cardiovascular exercise, such as jogging, can be done daily. The more often you do it, the more quickly you will biuld up lung power and endurance. Just becuase you aren't lifting on a particular day doesn't mean you should sit around. ;o) You should also stretch every day, so that your developing muslces don't become stiff and inflexible.

Always remember to keep yourself hydrated, and be taking in enough protein, carbs, and vitamins for your body to build up the muslce you want and keep you in good health. Never ever cut out a food group (such as carbs), particularly if you are getting a lot of exercise, as this will damage your health. You will lose weight, certainly, but not at all in a healthy way (you can die if you cut out a food group for too long). Your body needs a good balance of everything, topped off with plenty of water, to do its job right.

Good luck!

Its best to lift 6days a week in case you miss a day you can make up for it! But don't do any full body workouts, instead do chest and biceps one day and back and triceps the next day etc Try to put cardio days between lifting days! But really it depends on what your trying to achieve ie bulk up or slim down

kevin m
From my research, everything says that it is best to do it every other day. Your muscles need a chance to recover, plus you are more likely to hurt yourself by lifting daily. If you really want to get cut or lose weight, try alternating some aerobics and/or cardio on the days that you don't lift.

Hi,,, every other day,,, this gives the muscles time to re heal from the last work out,,,,,that 's what makes them bigger....

good luck

turtle girl
You should work out the major muscle groups twice per week for optimal results, but never two days in a row on the same muscles.

Your muscles grow and improve during the rest period.

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