How much exercise to lose weight?


A lot people who start up an exercise program with a goal to lose weight usually have a very skewed perception on how much exercise they need to do in a week to see steady weight loss results. Everyone has heard that they should do 30 minutes a day 3-5 days a week of exercise but the reality is that is not good enough for weight loss. The 30 minutes a day 5 days a week is recommended by the American Heart Association for people to hit requirements to help reduce their risk of heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

The truth is that hitting the minute requirement for weight loss is closer to 300 minutes of moderate to moderately hard intensity a week recommended by American College Sports Medicine. Not only do you want to hit 300 minutes of exercise a week you should also track how many calories you are burning as well. You should set a goal of burning 2000 calories a week so that you can see steady weight loss results. You should spend majority of your minutes doing aerobic activities like jogging, swimming, walking, and using the elliptical. Three days out of the week you should spend 30-45 minutes doing weight training working major muscle groups like legs, back, chest, and core. Remember if you are not making a lifestyle change with your eating habits, you still won’t see the weight loss results that you are seeking.

If you are new to exercise you should seek out a health professional to go over guidelines for intensity and duration of exercise. It is also recommended that you get clearance from your doctor before starting up your exercise program.

Call Fitness Together (330-702-1311) to set up your free fitness/nutrition assessment.

 

 

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