In the healthy living blog world, it seems like you need to be working out 6-7 days a week. You need to be doing weights on 3 of those days, and running long mileage other times, and doing multiple classes. In a sense, it seems like you have to be doing as much as possible to reap any benefits. I have gotten caught up in that thinking a few times, and still have trouble grasping that a workout doesn’t have to be an hour long.
So what exactly is the truth? What is going to give us benefits in life?
According to the 2008 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, this is what you need:
Avoid Inactivity. Some physical activity is better than none and those who participate in any amount will have benefits.
For substantial health benefits, adults should perform 2 1/2 hours of moderate physical activity weekly, or 1 1/4 hours of vigorous activity weekly. (This may also be performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes)
For more extensive health benefits, adults should have 5 hours of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity weekly, or 3 hours of vigorous (or a combo of both)
Adults should perform strength training on 2 or more non consecutive days, involving all major muscle groups
Basically, don’t just sit around- do something, aim for 1 1/4-2 1/2 hours of activity spread throughout the week, and strength train at least 2 days a week. That sounds more doable than working ourselves to the brim every day, right?
Now for a workout…
It’s no secret that I get bored of workouts very easily, and am always updating ones and creating new ones. This is especially true for ab workouts. I don’t work it as much as I should, but mostly because I’m bored. I did this workout last week and it felt great! Repeat it if you want, but you should feel the burn just one time through!
Like it says, perform the planks for 60 seconds, or however long you can do it. A minute is always a good time for me, especially when doing multiple of them. Perform the other exercises for 25 reps.