Exercise time rising like inflation

The good ole days of exercising are over. Not to long ago our baseline recommendation for exercise to maintain weight and cardiovascular health was 30 minutes on the “majority” of the days of the week. Which is a fancy way to say “4” days a week.  That means roughly a 120 minutes a week of moderate exercise.

Just like inflation in America the time in which we need to exercise has blossomed. The American College of Sports Medicine now recommends 250 minutes a week of exercise. We are now asked to exercise for 50 minutes for 5 days a week to maintain weight and cardiovascular health. Here are some more specific guidelines from ACSM:

Do moderately intense cardio 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
Do vigorously intense cardio 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week.
Do eight to 10 strength-training exercises, eight to 12 repetitions of each exercise twice a week.

So why the increase: extra effort to combat obesity rates or do we just understand exercise more and realize what it truly takes, a little extra?


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