the basics of exericse

We all know exercise is good for us and we should get some, but it’s all too easy to get wrapped up in details about what exercise to do, how long to do it, how often, how intensely, blah blah blah. Don’t worry about it.

If you’re interested in specific guidelines or if you have an injury or other physical limitations, talk to a trainer, but in general, keep it simple:

FREQUENCY
Most days. 4? 5? 6? As much as it takes you to renew you without sapping your energy. Recovery is just as important as effort.

INTENSITY
You should be breathing heavily enough to make it impossible to sing, but not so heavily that you can’t talk in broken sentences. If it hurts, stop!

DURATION
Oh, at least 10 minutes in a row. Longer is better. If you’ve generally had a pretty sedentary life, 20 minutes in a fairly magical number. Once you get past about 45 minutes, though, things get more complicated and you should talk to a trainer.

The more sedentary your life has been so far, the less intensely you need to exercise in order to see benefits. And remember, SOME exercise, ANY exercise is better than none!

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