I get this question a lot..."how often should I train?"
The short answer is OFTEN. You probably shouldn't plow into 10 sessions/week during your first week, but you are built (we are all built) for volume and frequency.
To paraphrase the philosopher, Thomas Hobbes, "Life is short, nasty, and brutish." While this is not a pleasant or uplifting thing to consider, Hobbes pretty much nailed what happens in nature every day. If you take a moment to think about it, everything that is alive is frantically trying to stay that way while competing for a finite pool of resources. If a creature is not at the top of the food chain, then it is probably spending a fair amount of time fleeing. If a creature is at the top, then it's doing a lot of chasing...oh, and defending its spot in its social group. Teeth, claws, hooves, spines, armor, horns, detachable tails, spurs, venom, poisons, electrical shocks, sonar pulses, active camouflage, passive camouflage, mimicry, vomiting out internal organs, squirting blood from the eyes, blinding speed in the water, air, and on land...even swords and spears for noses come into play in this daily battle to eat or be eaten. All that, and not a word yet about parasitism...still, I think you take my point.
|This snake was taking a day off|
Creatures in the wild do not train on a schedule. Your ancestors did not chase prey or flee predators according to a schedule. In the wild, you run when there is an opportunity to catch food, or because you would prefer to not be digested by something swift and toothy. If that happens 6 days in a row or 3 times in one day, then so it goes. Nature built you, and everything else, to perform with high frequency and at high volume. Getting tuckered out or being slow is a death sentence. Since, your genes got this far, it's pretty safe to assume that you were not built to be slow or to tire easily.
|This frog needed to catch its breath|
If you ramp up your training volume/frequency to about 45 minutes of activity 4-5 times/week with 1-2 30-minute sessions of aerobic activity, you will reap the following benefits:
- You will maintain a higher metabolic rate--burn more fat.
- Your body will toughen up and be generally more resilient--get hurt less.
- Improved endurance--go farther faster.
- Shorter recovery times--more volume
- Achieve your ideal body more quickly--look like what you are built to look like...an athlete.
Sweat and discomfort are the currency of fitness....and you have an unlimited budget. You were built to perform...get out there and get it done!