Women ask me all the time Is Working Out 3 Times a Week Enough?
Over the past few decades, Americans have heard over and over that a minimum of 30 minutes of daily exercise is essential to good health. However, the latest research suggests that how much time we spend sitting could be just as important as how much time we spend exercising. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified physical inactivity as an independent risk factor for chronic disease development, and it is now the fourth leading cause of death worldwide.
But is there a difference between physical activity and exercise?
Physical activity is movement that is carried out by the skeletal muscles that requires energy. In other words, any movement one does is actually physical activity. Exercise, however, is planned, structured, repetitive and intentional movement intended to improve or maintain physical fitness and is a subcategory of physical activity. Research provides significant evidence that ALL physical activity positively contributes to overall health and well-being.
So, with that definition in mind, as a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day.
Reducing sitting time is important, too. The more hours you sit each day, the higher your risk of metabolic problems. Sitting too much can negatively impact your health and longevity, even if you get the recommended amount of daily physical activity.
Short on long chunks of time? Even brief bouts of activity offer benefits. For instance, if you can’t fit in one 30-minute walk during the day, try a few five-minute walks instead. Any activity is better than none at all. What’s most important is making regular physical activity part of your lifestyle.
At TASH Wellness for Women, we are here for you! Our specialty is working with women that have a substantial amount of weight to reduce, or women that are 50 and above. As a Functional Aging Specialist, Personal Trainer, Integrative Corrective Exercise Instructor and as an Ageless Fitness facility, we get all our women moving functionally for the rest of their lives. TASH Wellness for Women is not a gym – it’s a journey and it’s YOUR community. We serve women in Skokie, Wilmette, Winnetka, Evanston, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Park Ridge, Northbrook, Glencoe, Glenview, Riverwoods, Chicago and Des Plaines.