Thursday, March 31, 2011

How Much Exercise Do I Need

When I was growing up the answer was simply 30-minutes of exercise 5 days a week. In more recent years obesity is up, general good health is down, childhood obesity is on the rise. With all these factors taken into account the exercise recommendations have also changes.

In order to lose weight the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) recommends 60 to 90 minutes of exercise a day. As you read this please do not faint or decide it just can't be done. It can be done. The exercise does not need to be done in one session, although it can be done that way. You can break it up into manageable sessions. For example, 30 minutes morning, at lunch and at night or a morning and evening session of 45 minutes. You can even do numerous 10 minute sessions if your lifestyle calls for it.

Message of the day is to ramp up your exercise time. Get it up to the recommended amount. If you are already at your healthy weight you can get by with 60 minutes of exercise. Remember from the last post that it should be something you enjoy.

Happy exercising!!