Weight loss is one of the most common goals for individuals beginning their CrossFit journey. However, wanting to lose weight and achieving success on the scale are two different things. While you may be tempted to go hard and work out every day, this will end in burnout and injuries.
How Often to Workout
For best results while avoiding injuries, you should aim to workout 3-5 days per week for 30-60 minutes. This will help ensure you are building muscle and burning calories often enough to see weight loss without running the risk of hurting yourself from overexertion. Some basic rules that can help keep you on track are:
- Never miss a Monday workout
- Never go more than three days without working out
- Work out at least three days a week
When to Workout
There is a lot of debate as to whether morning workouts are superior to evening ones. Your performance will adapt to whenever you choose to work out. For example, if you always work out in the morning, you may find you perform worse when you work out in the afternoon. However, given enough time, your body will adapt. For best results, though, you should pick a general time of day and stick with it.
Regardless of when you prefer to workout, avoid working out late in the evening close to when you plan on going to bed. Working out raises your body temperature and can confuse your brain making it difficult to fall asleep.
Embarking on a CrossFit journey can be intimidating at first, but, at LoCo CrossFit, we welcome athletes of all fitness levels. We are a judgment-free zone and we will help you achieve your fitness goals. To get started, schedule a No Sweat Consultation to tour our facilities and learn more about our fitness programs.