Friday, March 13, 2009


A recent study by the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) has shed new light on just how much exercise is needed for weight loss. According to the ACSM adults need at least 250 minutes per week of exercise to lose a significant amount of weight. 250 minutes works out to be 50 minutes of exercise five days a week.

So what does this mean? Well, if you are currently only doing 30 minutes of exercise five days a week and you are not seeing the results you want then you need to increase the length of your workouts. Though, don't stress about going from 30 minutes to 60 minutes all at once but rather add on 5 minutes to each of your workouts every other day for a few weeks and in no time you will be at 50-60 minute workouts. Also if your not doing so already you will want to include weight lifting in your weekly workouts. Doing so will increase your fat-free mass which will help your body to burn more calories while at rest and reduce your health risks.

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