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Just how much should we be exercising every day?
1. Aerobic activity: Get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. You also can do a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. The guidelines suggest that you spread out this exercise during the course of a week.
2. Strength training: Do strength training exercises at least twice a week. No specific amount of time for each strength training session is included in the guidelines.
As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight, you may need to exercise more.
If you don’t currently exercise and aren’t very active during the day, any increase in exercise or physical activity is good for you. Start slow, and gradually build up the length and intensity of your workouts over time.
You don’t need to log all of your daily activity in one session: You can accumulate physical activity in 10-minute bursts, spread throughout the day.
150 minutes each week sounds like a lot of time, but you don't have to do it all at once. Not only is it best to spread your activity out during the week, but you can break it up into smaller chunks of time during the day. As long as you're doing your activity at a moderate or vigorous effort for at least 10 minutes at a time.
Personally, I do my exercising in 15-minute sessions. The only reason for that is because I use dvds which are comprised of several 15-minute workouts. The duration of my workout varies...most times it's only 15 min., sometimes it's 30 min. and a few times I've even done 45 min. at once. On an average day I'll get in an hour's worth of exercising :)
THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE: Give it a try...even if it's just a 10-minute walk :)
NEXT WEEK'S BLOG: "Here's How"
DISCLAIMER: Whenever I use the word DIET in my blog posts I am in no way suggesting that I have invented/discovered some miracle system to lose weight. Whenever I use the word DIET, I am simply substituting a single word to replace the longer phrase EATING HEALTHIER THAN IN THE PAST.