After a hard day’s work, there’s nothing I desire less than exercise. I also hate waking up early in order to exercise so finding an appropriate time to exercise has always been challenging for me.
When should you exercise?
Find a time that’s easy for you. The number of calories you burn is not impacted by the time you choose to exercise at all.
For me, midday, after a hard morning of graft seems to work well and weekends, as soon as I wake up. I have, over time, discovered that if I tell myself I’ll exercise later...later never comes. I have to do it as the first thing during the weekend because after that, there’s always something much more fun to do.
How intensely should you exercise?
Mild to moderate exercise is good enough for most people. Moderate exercise should make you warm, sweaty and slightly out of breath. Anything that gets you out of breath and very sweaty is vigorous activity.
Recommended activity levels
Britain’s Chief Medical Officer, the Government’s top doctor, recommends the following:
Does the US Government advise the same?
Pretty much. The US Department of Health splits its recommendations into aerobic activity and strength training. They recommend that:
Note that these are the minimum recommended guidelines for exercise. You can do a lot more if you wish and if you’re trying to lose weight, you will need to do more. Whether or not you are trying to lose weight, the key message is:
If you mess up one week, scrap it and just set new goals for the following week. You don’t have to make up the lost exercise. If you can, great, but being over ambitious can lead to feelings of failure causing you to give up exercising entirely.
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