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Too Much Exercise, Not Enough Time?
June 28, 2010, 10:49 pm
Filed under: Exercise

Do you find yourself saying that you need 25 hours in a day or 8 days in the week?  It does seem to be more difficult these days to not feel overwhelmed by the everyday duties that stand over each of us. Exercise may not be at the top of your priority list as many other things take precedence such as work, family and friends.  It may seem that the guidelines of a “healthy” exercise program are impossible to fit into your lifestyle.

You may be saying, “What are the guidelines of a solid exercise program?”  Of course there are many research groups trying to determine what is ideal.  The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends three to five days per week for 20-30 minutes each bout.  The National Academies’ Institute of Medicine states that it should be a minimum of 60 minutes every day for optimal benefits.  These are two highly conflicting guidelines.  So which do you go by?

If you are short on time, simply do what you can fit into your schedule.  If you can only fit in three times per week, you can increase the intensity more than if you were exercising each day.  You can run or jog for 20 minutes instead of walking for 60 minutes.  (Of course, you will need to start with walking and work up to a jog if you are just starting out.)  Also, if you are limited on time, there are many others ways to add activity and stay healthy without exercising each day.

The key is to move more in your daily activities.  Start to think of ways to bring more movement into your life, such as: park far away and walk (with safety in mind), take the stairs instead of the elevator, take only one bag of groceries in at a time, get off the couch to change the channel instead of using the remote, and many more.  If you can’t seem to fit in structured exercise each day, find other ways to stay more active.  A guideline is simply a guideline, not the end-all solution to a healthy body!

This information was brought to you by Just for the Health of It, a state-of-the-art personal training and yoga studio in the heart of Orange.  For more information please contact:

Diane McConahay, B.S.
Certified Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor
(714) 639-0494
just4thehealthofit@sbcglobal.net
www.justforthehealthofit.info


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