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6 WeeK Fitness Challenge: Day #22 - How Much Exercise?

Posted Nov 18 2009 10:02pm

I started the day off with 45 minutes of exercise and added another 30 minutes at the end of the day. For the bulk of my exercise routine I like to keep my HR below 75% of Max, thus allowing me to put in more time without fatigue and enable a quicker recovery. Strength training sessions are a different matter all together.

So how much exercise is enough to lose weight? I know what works for me, and what is and what isn't working for my clients, but is there a guideline to go by?

Yes and No.

The yes part of the question has been answered by Helen Ryan on her blog Flex Forum. In her post, How Much Exercise is Enough to Lose Weight?, she highlights recommendations by industry leaders on this subject. Go and read her article, you may be surprised by her finds.

And now the NO! Even if you follow all of the guidelines Helen has mentioned for your particular weight situation it is all for naught if you follow poor nutritional practices. You can work out for 6 hours a day and burn thousands of calories, you can then turn around and pile all that energy right back into your body. Your back to square one!

Ultimately - What is your Energy Balance?

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