Exercise Equilibrium: How Much is Enough?
One thing is clear. A sedentary lifestyle is deadly. Studies have even shown the impact on your health from inactivity is worse than smoking cigarettes. Let the importance of exercise sink in.
This does not mean you need to be in the gym every day maxing out on your squats and running marathons. You have the opportunity to find forms of exercise that you enjoy and can do consistently. As an example, cardiovascular fitness can be improved on a treadmill, by walking outside, playing a sport, biking, and many other ways. Even resistance or weight training can look very different from person to person. You can’t deny the research. Everyone should strive to find a form and dose of exercise they can maintain. The world is your oyster!
Then the next question is, “How much should I do?” Here is what the American College of Sports Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say:
- Do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, like Zumba, hiking, running, weightlifting, soccer, etc.
- Include muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week that work for all your major muscle groups
So how much is too much? Apart from these recommendations, studies have shown that weight training up to six days a week can be beneficial. Similarly, aerobic activity can be performed daily as long as sleep, nutrition, and recovery allow. Find your exercise equilibrium.
Take a thoughtful approach to determine the fitness strategy that aligns with your preferences and objectives. Engage in a constructive dialogue with a qualified trainer from ViaroFit who can offer valuable insights and guidance tailored to your unique needs. Once you’ve formulated your plan, embark on the journey to put it into action, setting the stage for a transformative fitness experience that yields remarkable results.
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