Incorporating exercise into your week doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some common exercise questions answered:
How much exercise do I really need to be doing?
the world health organization and the center for disease control and prevention advice adults to do minimum 150 minutes of moderate- intensity aerobic (cardio) exercise each week and strength train a minimum of twice weekly.
What counts as moderate intensity exercise?
Everything you think of as exercise- plus a lot of stuff you wouldn’t even think of, including BRISK walking, playing with the kids, walking the dog, carrying heavy groceries, and gardening. Do at least 15 minutes at a time and break it up however you’d like throughout your week til you hit 150 minutes.
Is high-intensity interval training as good as regular cardio?
Research studies show that high-intensity interval training of “all out bursts” of exercise bring some unique benefits, including changing the cellular structure of your body, aiding in reducing belly fat, and an improvement in a variety of other areas of your life. They are also a GREAT for people who are TIME CRUNCHED. The key with intervals is to make sure you GO HARD. your better off doing 1 or 2 intervals at 90-100% of effort than doing 10-20 at a moderate effort of 65-75%
I hate lifting weights. Can I just do cardio?
Sorry (not sorry) but if your goal is to live longer, be healthier and look better (especially naked) you need to lift weights! Cardio will prevent you from being winded after climbing a set of stairs, cardio will help you burn a ton of calories, while strength training will build muscle ( in turn make you look better naked) and bone which protects against injury.
To sum it up, get yourself moving 150 minutes a week however you see fit, hit the gym twice a week and reap the rewards of living a healthy lifestyle.