Ever wonder about how much to exercise? Patients ask me all the time, “how much exercise do you recommend?” or “now that my ______ is better, what kind of activity should I do to stay healthy?” According to the national physical activity guidelines, we should be getting “150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each week”. They further going to recommend that “aerobic activity should be performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes”. I don’t know about you, but sometimes even a simple 10 minute increment can be kind of hard to come by.
A new study published by researchers at the University of Utah in the American Journal of Health Promotion suggests that reaching those 2 1/2 hours one minute at a time is just fine. You don’t have to try to find those 10-minute blocks of time to be active; total activity is the real difference-maker. Those who were able to achieve 150 minutes/week (regardless of when they fit them in) enjoyed decreased BMI and increased weight loss.
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Also, I would love to hear from you about this! Is it easy for you to get 150 minutes in weekly? Are there certain days/times that you struggle more than others? What are some of your favorite activities that help you get up and get active? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below and together we can all benefit from each others’ experiences.
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