Your Dose of Daily Exercise

Another Study Backs Up Daily Exercise

How much do you need to exercise every day?  Some new research points were just released from the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The famous Women’s Health Study looks at 34,000 women over the period of several years is releasing new information tomorrow in regards to maintaining weight.  The average age of the study participants at the beginning of the study was 54.  During this period the women gained on average six pounds.  Only 13 percent of women in the study gained less than six pounds.  Their secret ~ they started off with BMIs in the healthy range (below 25) and they did moderate exercise for 60 minutes a day.

But there’s an additional layer of information.  Instead of doing 60 minutes a day of moderate activity, the study shows that 30 minutes of high intensity activity has the same effect.  Brisk walking and leisurely bicycling are considered moderate activity while running, fast biking and swimming are considered high-level activities.

So you can choose, 30 minutes of fast and furious or 60 minutes of leisurely but steady.  You can mix and match as needed; a run on one day, a brisk stroll in the park the next.

One thing to note:  the participants with the best weight management were already in the healthy BMI range before the study started suggesting that eating a balanced diet in the proper calorie range is pretty important.  (But you already knew that …)

If you’re interested in starting a fitness plan, you can read my getting started guidelines here.

Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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6 Responses to Your Dose of Daily Exercise

  1. forex robot March 28, 2010 at 2:03 am #

    nice post. thanks.

  2. Britt Michaelian October 18, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    This is exactly what I have been looking for! I choose 30 minutes of high intensity! Now… do dance parties count as moderate or high intensity? ;) Thanks for the info.

  3. sweatymama October 18, 2010 at 5:58 pm #

    ..any rest days? I workout more than most of the people I know.. and that sometimes is no rest days, or atleast some type of exercise everyday (whether pilates, various cardio, etc). I just wonder your opinion on days off to rest? (or is that subjective to each individual!)
    I don’t run full marathon’s tho.. where I know rest days are needed for recovery but, I do workout hard. thanks!

  4. Lisa Johnson October 18, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    Dance parties would depend on intensity … if you’re sweating a ton, high intensity, if it’s just a little flushed, moderate … L–

  5. Lisa Johnson October 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    rest days are important, especially if you’re doing higher intensity stuff. It’s good to program in at least one rest day per week, or at least a light workout day. But listen to your body too, if you’re feeling overly tired or if you start fighting a nagging pain or injury give yourself a little more rest. Hope that helps. L–

  6. sweatymama October 18, 2010 at 9:54 pm #

    that helps! thanks Lisa:)

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