Exercise 30 Minutes a Day

In Exercise can't be this fun! on January 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I am studying for the ASCM Personal Trainer certification. Last night I was reading a chapter on the importance of exercising 30 minutes a day.  Then this morning on facebook, a friend posted this wonderful YouTube video titled 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing you can do for your health?  It is a wonderful twist on the 30 minute a day recommendation for exercise.

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends the following:

  • All healthy adults aged 18 to 65 need moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes five days per week, or vigorous activity for a minimum of 20 minutes three days per week.
  • Combinations of moderate and vigorous intensity exercise can be performed to meet this recommendation.
  • Moderate-intensity aerobic activity can be accumulated toward the 30-minute minimum by performing bouts each lasting 10 or more minutes
  • Every adult should perform activities that maintain or increase muscular strength and endurance a minimum of tow days each week.
  • Because of the dose-response relation between physical activity and health, persons who wish to further improve their personal fitness, reduce their risk for chronic diseases and disabilities, or prevent unhealthy weight gain may benefit by exceeding the minimum recommended amounts of physical activity.

From the ACSM’s Guildelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription Eight Edition.
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