Wednesday, February 11, 2009

50 Minutes of Exercise Per Day Keeps the Weight Off

One day they say it's 30 and the next it's 50? What exactly is going on here? According to updated guidelines from the American College of Sports medicine, the amount of recommended daily physical activity has been increased to prevent people from gaining weight, help them lose weight and maintain weight loss.

You see, 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per day, 5 days a week is absolutely great if your goal is "modest" weight loss or to help maintain weight loss, but increasing that number to 50 has been shown to assist in "significant" weight loss and a greater likelihood of keeping the weight off in overweight and obese adults. Strength training has also been recommended as a part of a healthy lifestyle and fitness regimen, because by adding some muscle to your frame, you increase your fat-free mass, boost your metabolism, and, get this - muscle actually helps burn fat for you.

All in all, combining a healthy, calorie-reduced diet with exercise or physical activity is far more effective in helping you lose weight compared to just dieting alone. Get Moving!