So how much exercise do you think you should be doing as a minimum? There is no simple answer to this. If you’re currently doing nothing, then start with something! Don’t put it off. As Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said:
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
The above is true wherever you are on your fitness journey. UK Government guidelines are a good place to start. They say we should all be aiming for 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week with at least two muscle strengthening sessions as well. But what does that mean?!?
Well as a guide moderate activity includes brisk walking, dancing or gardening. It’s a good idea to split your 150 minutes into bite size chunks of say 30 minutes a day. You don’t even have to do your 30 minutes all at once. Research has shown that 2 sessions of 15 minutes or 3 sessions of 10 is just as effective
All that exercise will add up. The 30 minute a day target could equate to around 1000kcal burned per week. A decrease in body fat and an increase lean tissue mass is linked to lower chances of cardiovascular disease and premature death. Well that’s good to hear!
Sometimes it can be hard to get started as there is so much information out there. You also need to make sure you are exercising effectively and safely. A personal trainer will make sure you’re on the right track. They will provide motivation to work just that little bit harder, prescribe an effective training programme and possibly more importantly, make sure you don’t hurt yourself.
So my challenge to you for today is to get out there, do your 30 minutes exercise. You’ll feel better for it, I promise!