If there is one area of health that there is a lot of confusion its exercise. If you are like most people you have probably looked into one or more exercise programs only to discover that it was way above or way below what you were expecting.
The reality is how much exercise you need is directly related to where your health is at the moment. For example, if you are just starting an exercise program you need something that will challenge your system but not something that will cause you to crash in a month because you jumped in too hard the first few weeks. Likewise, if you already are in good shape but want to take things to another level then you need a program that builds on the level of fitness you have already established.
So is that a semi vague answer? Yes it is. But it’s also the truth. Odds are if you already exercise regularly you don’t need this article but if you are just starting or are just thinking about starting an exercise program continue reading.
When first starting out you do not need to do much. Your body is not used to it and will need some time to adapt. Starting with a 30 minute walk, once a day or so is a good place to begin. Once that baseline level is accomplished I typically suggest people start with a simple 10 minute HIIT workout 3 times a week. This can be as simple as doing 3 sets of 10 body weight squats, 10 pushups (modified if need be) and 15 crunches with a 3 minute rest period between each set. Once you have been doing this for about a month you can start to look into adding sets or adding additional exercises.
When starting an exercise program the most important thing is to start with a manageable program so you don’t burn yourself out and build it up to the level you ultimately want!