I was flipping through the newest issue of Glamour (yes, Glamour) the other day when I stumbled up on this article. How long and how much should we workout? It’s a question I ask all the time. How much is too much, and how much will actually make an impact without ruining my schedule?
And the answer really is: it depends on you. Well, thanks Glamour. Super helpful there.
But seriously, it’s really just common sense. Sitting on your butt for three weeks without lifting more than a remote control isn’t going to help you shed excess weight, feel stronger, or help you start feeling better. It won’t help you fit into that dress for the wedding you’re attending in two months.
I try to do something every day, even if it’s just walking to the grocery store instead of driving there. I’m lucky, my work is close to a shopping complex. I know many who don’t have that luxury. But it doesn’t mean we can’t do something: put on a YouTube video and do a 8-minute workout, walk to get your mail instead of driving to the mailbox, do crunches while you watch TV.
The article ranged from suggesting 225 minutes to 75 minutes of cardio a week. Well, five 45-minute sessions a week to three 25-minute sessions a week is a big difference. But I did the math and broke it down even easier. If we go the middle ground route, that’s 150 minutes of cardio or 2 1-hour classes and 30 minutes of jogging. Three days, just three days of working out. It’s totally doable.
Working out for 150 minutes a week is only 1.5% of your week. That’s nothing. We can do this!