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How Much Is Too Much Exercise?

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How often should you workout?

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, we answer a viewer question who asked how much is too much exercise?

This question is from #AskLiveLeanTV Ep. 007.

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Here’s today’s viewer question:

@karlagaytan42 on Twitter asks: I’m an athlete that does morning strength workouts everyday, then two and a half hours of soccer. Is that too much? How much is too much exercise?

Wow, strength workouts and two and a half hours of soccer every day?

Yeah, that’s quite a bit of exercise, but it really depends on what your goal is.

If you’ve only been doing this for one week and you’re starting to reach burn out, it’s probably too much exercise.

But if you’re training to become a professional athlete, with the goal of playing for the United States women’s olympic soccer team, you will have to make training your priority.

The same applies if you are training to go on the stage for a bodybuilding or fitness competition.

The amount of training all depends on your goals

To answer the question of how much is too much exercise, it really depends on the person and their goal.

If you are just training for everyday fitness and fun, lifting weights plus two and a half hours of soccer everyday could be excessive, and not required based on your goals.

The amount of workout time is going to be different depending on your goals.

If your goal is to simply feel healthier, have more energy, lose a few pounds, or gain a little bit of muscle, the amount of workouts and time you will have to spend in the gym is going to be less.

What if I’m training to be a professional athlete?

Let’s just say the girl who asked this question is training to make the United States women’s olympic soccer team.

Then yes, this amount of exercise might work for her goals, as long as she also has her nutrition and sleep on point.

This is required so she can properly recover from all that training.

But if she was just training to look and feel better, and get more confidence, this is probably going to be overtraining.

If you want to learn more about what overtraining is and what it looks and feels like, here’s a video post I did on the signs of overtraining.

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Bottom line: how much is too much exercise?

If you’re totally loving life and you absolutely love doing strength workouts and two and half hours of soccer everyday, this could be amazing for you.

If this is the case, we really can’t tell you it’s too much exercise.

Remember, context is everything.

I will say this though.

I don’t know how old you are, but if you’re 16, and working out is just a hobby or a passion, I would recommend you also enjoy time with friends and family.

Don’t make your life all about soccer, lifting, and working out.

Here’s how to take all the guesswork away from your workouts

In our Live Lean workout programs, we typically have people scheduled to workout four times with weights a week.

Each resistance training workout is typically between 30-60 minutes.

Depending on what your goal is, we also may work in some HIIT cardio or low intensity steady state cardio.

This is just another reason why we always recommend people get on a workout program.

When you follow a structured workout program, all these questions are taken away because of the provided workout schedule.

All you have to do is open up your Live Lean workout program on the app on your phone.

Your program will then tell you what workout you’re doing that day.

All your questions will be answered

Simply do the workout of the day, go home, follow the meal plan, and recover.

Then look at the workout schedule for your next workout.

Maybe it’s scheduled for tomorrow or maybe the next workout is the following day.

When you follow one of our Live Lean programs, you will no longer have to wonder how much you need to workout.

It’s all scheduled for you in the program.

If you want to find the best workout program based on your goals, gender, fitness level, and access to equipment, go take our Live Lean Body Quiz here.

After completing the questions, we’ll tell you the exact program that’s best for you.

Once you know this, all you need to do is invest in yourself by buying the recommended program.

Once you do this, follow the schedule, and the results will come.


Start by taking our FREE Live Lean Body Quiz to get access to the best program specific to your goals, current fitness level, and access to equipment.

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