How Much Time do you need to spend Exercising?
When we’re trying to lose weight, the most effective approach is to make changes to our diet, and to also incorporate exercise. But sometimes we can do too much exercise and then over eat, or we don’t do enough and don’t see the number on the scales changing. So how much exercise do we really need to lose weight? In these next 4 short articles we’ll look at recommendations based on research.
- Exercise Time
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)recommends between 150 and 250 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week are needed to lose weight.
But they also state that more is better. To achieve significant weight loss, the organization recommends over 250 minutes per week.
If that sounds like too much exercise per week for weight loss, don’t worry, you don’t have to do the exercise all at once, in fact, you shouldn’t. You should divide your 250 minutes into workouts that vary in duration and intensity.
For example, if you are healthy enough for vigorous activity, some workouts can be shorter but harder to burn more calories in less time. While other workouts could be longer, but easier.
If you’re new to exercise, it’s worthwhile getting advice so that you work at an appropriate level and pace.