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Just How Much Exercise Is Enough?

You likely don’t feel that you get the right amount of exercise because you can’t seem to find the time to fit into your regular, daily regime. Well, you aren’t alone. Time restraints are typically the reason behind people being unsuccessful in their attempt to get healthy, lose weight or simply make exercise a regular part of their everyday routine.

What if you could exercise for 5 or 10 minutes here and there throughout the day? Would that help you make time to do it? While short bouts of exercise, done at work or anytime throughout your day, can definitely provide benefits, this ‘shorter’ method of exercise is a great way to get in the proper fitness mindset. In other words, it’s a way to prepare to exercise regularly and for at least 30 minutes a day.

The typical recommended guidelines for how much exercise a person should get is at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic exercise, or 75 minutes of more vigorous aerobic exercise. That would equal to 30 minutes a day of exercise. Strength training is also recommended at least two times a week for whatever length you can manage. Some people prefer to do 10-20 minutes while others prefer a minimum of 30 minutes.

Your own health and overall fitness level will determine what you can achieve. If you live a more sedentary lifestyle, consider aiming for at least 10 minutes of vigorous exercise until you get stronger and gain the ability to do 15, then 20, working your way up to the recommended 30 minutes a day.

What Exercises Should I Be Doing?

The type of exercise you decide to do is your own choice. Brisk walking or swimming would be considered moderate aerobics. Most people can make the time to walk more-so than make themselves do vigorous exercises. Running would be considered vigorous aerobics, as well as cardio which might include a dance class or something similar.

Tips to Help along the Way

If your job consists of more sedentary activity (sitting at a desk or standing in one spot all day) consider small things you can do during this time. Get up often if you sit all day and spend 5 minutes doing some squats, lunges or similar activity if you stand all day. Keeping your muscles moving and taking advantage of your current situation will prove beneficial for your health.

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