Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Can you maintain your exercise routine every week for 6 months?

So most people have heard at some point that you need to exercise 30 minutes 3-5 times per week to get the full benefits.
Q: Who has the time to do that?
A: People who have either always done it or who have exercised a long time or elite/amateur athletes.

So if you can't or know you won't maintain the above specs in your exercise routine then what can you do?

My answer and it is being used more widely these days; find out your basic minimum or standard minimum.
Q: What is a basic or standard minimum?
A: It is the absolute minimum of exercise you can do each week that you can do EVERY WEEK FOR 6 MONTHS AND CONTINUE OR INCREASE AFTER THAT.

Here's a place to start:

  •  choose the weakest parts of your body or weakest movements  for example your ability to get down and up (your exercise is the squat). 
  • Decide how many times a week you'll do that exercise or 2  and do it for 1 week.  If you have any doubts about fitting it into your schedule then decide if your workout is too long for now or if something else needs to change.
  • Continue the above process until you find what works for you.
  • If you like to walk, play sports, swim or ride then decide on a duration that you can do EVERY WEEK.
Keep in mind your results will only last as long as you keep to your routine so don't try to do too much. Even start with 1 exercise once or twice a week (while you cook or wait for the microwave or watch TV) YES get off the lounge and do 1 exercise).

Follow this blog to see how I do the basic minimum.

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