Well if you look at government guidelines (and some people do) you’ll see it says you need to exercise five times a week for 30 x minutes at a time.
However it’s definition of exercise can also mean gardening and walking which unless you’re hugely overweight or incredibly lazy isn’t really going to get you anywhere.
I find it quite worrying that a major part of the population now believes that a brief stroll in the park with your dog in tow or a bit of grass cutting or weed pulling is enough to make them fit, healthy and well.
Chances are it’s FIDO who’s getting the exercise not you!
Numerous scientific studies in “Preventative Medicine” have actually shown that it requires much more vigorous exercise to increase fitness and help to prevent disease.
What you need exactly for health benefits is hotly debated and always will be I feel but for most reasonably healthy people with no injuries and who want o do something more vigorous I always feel that a full body routine three times a week or more than plenty.
Always try to do compound movements which in everyday parlance simply means big moves, so things like squats and lunges for your legs and bum, clean and press for the entire body and heart and lungs, press ups etc and always try and finish off with around 10 or 20 x minutes of high intensity interval training.
By doing the big exercises and working major body parts not only are you giving yourself a fantastic workout you’ll also be burning calories at a greater rate even while sitting there watching TV!
If you feel like going for a swim, playing tennis or even doing a bit of gardening as well, go for it!
Best wishes Garth
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