How Much Exercise Is Too Much?

Years ago, the conventional wisdom was for weight loss, to exercise aerobically at least 30 minutes a day. That is not necessarily true and there are better alternatives.


Too much exercise might be less than you think!

Years ago, the conventional wisdom was for weight loss, to exercise aerobically at least 30 minutes a day.  It was thought that the more exercise the better.  

New research indicates that is not necessarily true and that there are better alternatives, such as:

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

It is strong, hard and fast. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is intervals of high intensity exercise, between intervals of low intensity exercise. Because you’re working at or close to your Maximum Heart Rate, your body uses its anaerobic system for fuel, which is good for fat loss. Also, it quickly builds cardio-vascular endurance, which is great for heart health.  HIIT is not recommended at full capacity, unless you are physically capable of doing intense training.  Easing into HIIT is a good idea.   It is also recommended to be cleared by your doctor to make sure that you are healthy enough to begin.

Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT)

Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis is just a fancy way of describing movement that isn’t intended exercise. This is where movement becomes fun!  Many studies indicate that a sedentary lifestyle is killing us.  While you’re at work, think walking meetings, lunchtime walks or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Interrupt sitting as much as you can.  Rollerblading, kayaking, hiking, waterskiing, dancing, yard work also are great forms of exercise.

Goals & Intentions

Why do you exercise? What purpose does your exercise serve? Once you indentify your purpose, you can more easily determine your training requirements and align your effort to the desired outcome. Exercise regimes will differ vastly depending on what goals and intentions you have.  Some examples of goals may be to run a marathon, to rock climb, to be able to keep up with your kids, to lose weight or to live longer.

Let me know if you do change your exercise regimen and for what reasons!

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MSS June 24, 2013 at 04:55 AM
I switched to HIIT because you can get a terrific work out in less time. I found a heart rate monitor is a great idea to keep yourself in check.


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