For quick weight loss, working out twice daily? Here’s what you must know

Exercise is clearly good for our bodies — it helps lose weight and sleep better, it can lead to decreased risk of disease, improved endurance, it uplifts mood, energy levels and much more. With all these benefits, it would seem that more is better — but is that really the case?

To stay healthy, fitness experts recommend about 30 minutes per day of moderately intense exercise five days a week. If you’re trying to lose weight, 50 to 60 minutes a day, five to six times a week is the goal, and we’re talking three days of heart-pumping, calorie-burning cardio, two days of moderate exercise, and one light day.

“Go for a run in the morning and take an evening yoga class or do some strength training before dinner. Be conscious of which muscles you’re targeting each time you exercise, because solely working your legs twice in one day could not only cause a muscular imbalance that leads to pain or injury, but you’ll also get bored. And don’t skip those rest days! It’s important to allow your muscles a chance to heal and strengthen,” Sharma says.

Of course, if you’re training for a race, tackling a day-long hike or attending a fitness event, you’ll be exceeding the two hours of exercise. For big fitness bursts like this, pace yourself throughout the day and be mindful of pushing yourself too far.