Should Skinny People Aspiring To Gain Weight, Do Aerobic Exercise Regularly?
A lot has to do with your nutrition and how much rest you are taking overall. When you are trying to gain weight, you need to overload progressively, which allows you to build more muscle mass.
Ideally, I recommend lifting weights 3 times a week.
In order for the progressive load to happen, you need to recover before you go for your next training session fully.
Now, I feel working out 3 times a week (which equates to roughly 3 hours) is not enough, and one needs to stay active overall.
You have two options in this case, walk (and/or) cardio.
I personally walk a lot and clock more than 50,000 steps a week. I feel this is the best form of aerobic training for 2 reasons:
-You can easily think clearly and use this time to plan your day, set your goals etc, and at the same time get the aerobic benefit. You can power walk if you wish to. Steve reeves (my role model) firmly believed in power walking.
-Walking won’t interfere with your recovery, especially your nervous system. You see, when you lift weights, you are not only training your muscular system but also your nervous system, which takes a longer time to recover.
But if you love (this is the key word) doing cardio, like going for a jog, or doing it on your favorite recumbent bike, by all means, go ahead.
But limit it to 2–3 sessions for a total of no more than 90 minutes.
This, however, depends on how good your nutrition is, how much sleep you take every day, genetics, and, most importantly, whether you are progressing in the gym or not.
I hope this helps.
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