How to Manage 60 Minutes of Daily Exercise

Posted on March 29, 2010 | by

According to new research published by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, women need 60 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every day just to maintain a normal body weight, a conclusion based on a 13-year study of more than 34,000 women with a mean age of 54.2 years and a normal diet.

Can you fit 60 minutes of exercise into your daily routine? According to these findings, you’ll need to if you want to keep those middle-age pounds from creeping in. If you care about your appearance and health, you should find a way.

For most people, an hour at the health club every day isn’t practical, nor is it exciting; so how does one put this into practice?

1. 60 minutes of moderate intensity exercise sounds a bit boring doesn’t it? Try 30 minutes of high intensity if you’re healthy enough. Push yourself harder and burn those calories faster.

2. Gaining muscle means burning more calories. Try strength training with the kettlebells.

3. Weather and locale permitting, make the choice to bike or run to your health club. It’s a great way to get warmed up before your workout and may even add those extra minutes you need.

4. Stop searching for that perfect parking spot. Park at the outer edge of the lot and walk.

5. Ask your employer about implementing a workplace fitness program. Make sure you mention the surgeon general’s 2010 recommendation to create healthier work sites.

While you’re at it, tell the co-workers to stop bringing all those cookies and donuts.

6. Know the difference between performance and appearance. When you evaluate your fitness and health achievements, don’t just focus on body weight and areas of excess fat. If you are faster or stronger than before, congratulate yourself and remember there are solutions to improve your appearance when traditional methods fail.

7. Exercise should be fun. If your current routine feels like pulling teeth, try something new and always try to keep an upbeat, positive attitude.