When it comes to aerobics, you must do at least 20 minutes to get any benefits. This is the advice you get from most fitness professionals. On the surface, it sounds like good advice. I used to give the same advice to my clients until I realized how wrong this advice is.
Yes, I have read the recommendations of the American College of Sports Medicine on aerobics that asserts we should strive to do 30 minutes of some form of aerobic activity 5 days per week. But here is the problem with that recommendation. For someone that does not exercise at all, just looking at the amount of aerobics they must do to get benefits; they get overwhelmed by just thinking about it.
Here is the good news. The fact is, for someone who does not do any aerobics at all, doing 1 minute of aerobic activity 3 times per week will still be beneficial to their health. Unfortunately, most fitness professionals look at 1 minute of aerobics as a waste of time. They forget that the first goal of an exercise program is to develop the exercise habit, then get results. I find most fitness professionals push their clients way too hard.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of starting an exercise program with the smallest step possible. 1 to 5 minutes of aerobics 3 times per week is a good start for most people. Once you get into exercising regularly you can try to add more time to your aerobics and yes, eventually work your way up to 20 and 30 minutes of aerobics.
If you want to get in shape and more importantly, stay in shape, you must make exercising habitual and the only way you will make exercising habitual is to start with very small steps.
If you need help with developing the exercise habit, give us a call at Olympus Personal Training & Weight Management. We have been helping people get in shape and stay in shape since 1996.
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