Figuring out how to get fit and reach your goals is no easy feat. With all the information, and misinformation, available on the web, it’s easy to get frustrated and overwhelmed with everything you are hearing. Do you need to spend hours in the gym? Do you need to pick up a specialty diet? How about a personal fitness trainer to guide you through it all?
The simple truth is that you don’t need to buy into any of the gimmicks in order to start living a healthier lifestyle. You just need to decide what that healthier lifestyle really looks like for you. This will depend on your schedule, your goals, and the changes you are willing to make to reach your ideal physique and improve your health.
But, no matter what you decide on, exercise definitely needs to play a role in your journey. Finding time for it, of course, is a whole other problem in itself. Most of us would agree that it’s hard to fit exercise into our busy schedules, so does that mean you should settle for a shorter workout? Should you break your workout up throughout the day? Or, should you devote a solid block of time to exercise one time per day to make the most of it?
A long session of moderate intensity exercise can certainly prove to be effective if that’s something that you think you can consistently fit into your schedule. “Long” is relative, of course, so this session could range anywhere from 20 minutes to 60 minutes or even longer, depending on your endurance and goals. It’s important that you don’t go to the point of exhaustion, but it’s also important that you challenge yourself and that you make the most of it every time you lace up your athletic shoes.
The type of workout you’re doing will really determine how long your workout should be and how effective it will be. For instance, walking for five minutes a day isn’t going to get you the same results as running for five minutes. If you’re opting for a longer workout, you’ll probably be mixing up many moves in your routine in order to work your entire body and get your heart pumping. Use your endurance, goals, and availability to decide on how long you should go.
Remember: Always start slow and focus on form. Work your way up as you get better.