How much Exercise is Enough?

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An overwhelming majority of the U.S. population is at risk for a myriad of diseases that can result from exercising far too little. About two-thirds of adults are not regularly active, and a quarter of the population perform virtually no exercise at all, statistics show.

With that being said, let’s discuss goals first – what is your goal for exercising?

What you are hoping to achieve through exercise will help to base what the “right” amount will be.  Are you trying to shed a few pounds or are you obesely overweight?

Consider these goals as a starting point:

Maintaining Health:  If your main goal is to avoid disease, heart problems and diabetes, then your target goal is at least 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity.  This includes brisk walking, housework, swimming, raking leaves, even scrubbing floors.  You can even break these up into 10 minute sessions.

Weight Loss: You might find that 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise will not work, at least not as effectively. When you are trying to shed excess pounds or keep from gaining them back, attempt a 60 minute workout every day to get rid of those extra pounds and to maintain weight control.  You body needs to tap into the “fat” or fuel source and this can be achieved by eating less and exercising more.  How much weight you need to lose as well as your current weight, metabolism and diet, will be a factor on how much more you need to be exercising.

The simple fact is the more exercise you do the more you are going to burn calories. If you can exercise vigorously for an hour a day without making yourself insane, losing your job, getting divorced and maiming yourself with orthopedic issues then by all means – do it!

However, if you are just a mere mortal like the rest of us then at least try to walk every day.  Even 20 minutes of moderate daily activity is better than nothing.  It will not give you the same body as a lot of the athletes you see, but it will make an impact on your cardiovascular health!

Athletes and hard-core fitness enthusiasts can overdo; injuring their bodies as well as suffer from exhaustion and other complications so remember – any exercise is better than none!

We all know that there is an abundance of information out there that shows exercise is advantageous for us and that the benefits over time are invaluable so if you can not fit in as much activity as you would like, just remember you can take the stairs whenever possible or even take a short walk to get lunch.

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