—Darla, San Diego, California
The frequency in which you should be working out depends on what your goals are. For many people, general health and wellness are their main reasons for exercising. For teens, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend at least 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous (heart-pumping) physical activity per day, with at least three days of vigorous activity per week.
Don’t forget to build in time for active rest days
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends taking at least 48 hours between strength training sessions. This doesn’t mean you should do nothing on those days. Instead, use your days off from strength training to get some moderate or intense aerobic activity in. If you’re feeling particularly sore, take it easy with a relaxed swim or walk. Find out more about active rest here.
Fit exercise into your schedule in a way that works for you
You don’t have to do all your exercise in large blocks of time. Breaking up the exercise segments into smaller time blocks can make it more manageable. If you have 10 or 20 minutes to kill after lunch, take a brisk walk or do a 15-minute YouTube workout. That can help cut down on the time you need to spend working out later.
No matter what, just try to move a little each day.