New exercise guidelines.

Seems like the American College of Sports Medicine just gave us new guidelines recently, didn’t they? Well now they have upped the ante. Instead of 30 minutes a day 5 days a week, we should be getting in 50 minutes a day, particularly if you want to lose weight. And not exercise of the doing laundry, mopping the floors variety.

You can break up the exercise, but you should do a minimum of 10 minutes at a time at a level that keeps your heart rate elevated.
More than 250 minutes a week showed to have significant effects on weight loss.

An additional 2 days a week of full body strength training is also recommended. This should be a wakeup call to people that we need to move a lot more in any given day.

You would think that with my current exercise regimen, I would be dropping weight like a stone. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

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9 thoughts on “New exercise guidelines.

  1. the Casbah Kitten

    I don’t see how they can even set guidelines since everyone’s body is different and reacts differently when figuring calories and exercise…..

  2. kristisummer

    I heard that too myself. I think that it is true. Maybe the 50 minutes is a little high. I always tell my clients at least 20-50 minutes of cardio vascular exercise 3-5 days per week. But the strength training part I totally agree with, in fact even more like 3 days would be ideal. The more muscle we have on our bodies, the more we are burning even at rest!

  3. Dreena M. Tischler

    So here’s the theory I’m running: If I keep to my eating plan but ramp up the exercise and focus on getting really fit, that should do it. I have never seen a very fit fat person, have you?

    I noticed your little snail isn’t going anywhere lately? Are you plateaued, not updating the snail, or taking a break? I’m just wondering if your stuck, since I am really curious about what causes these plateaus in myself and in others!

  4. My 3 Month Challenge

    I guess 50 minutes/5 days a week sounds like reasonable guidelines, for people who want to burn decent calories over the course of the week. Maybe they were getting (American College) too many complaints/questions of why people were exercising, probably at moderate intensities for 30 minutes a day, and still not losing any weight?

  5. MizFit

    I have to say I am kinda glad.
    It sounds like so much and theres no NEED TO DO IT ALL IMO if your goal is internal health BUT when people desire AESTHETICS it really can take that much.

    and Im always about the more strength training 🙂

  6. Lori

    Dreena – I am stuck here, I keep wobbling the same pound back and forth.
    I am not focusing on the scale so much right now.

    Plateaus are really one of those things that are difficult to explain. True plateaus, anyway – most people (myself included) just need to tighten things up to get off of them.

  7. debby

    Oh, brother, I am really failing on my exercise quotient right now!

    The whole plateau thing–just shows that our bodies are more complex than any scale, exercise guideline, graph, or program!

    But I am going to exercise at least 50 minutes today!

  8. Herbalife Australia

    i’ve been told that to get your heart rate at a percentage that will burn fat you have to be exercising for over 30 mins so 50 mins really would be a realistic time if this is true.

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