According to the CDC, only 49% of American adults get the recommended amount of aerobic physical activity each week (the recommendation is 2.5 hours of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of high intensity aerobic exercise, plus at least 2 sessions of strength training).
Exercise has a whole host of proven benefits, including lower risk of some cancers, heart disease, stroke, type-2 diabetes, and adverse blood lipid profiles. It can also reduce depression, including Seasonal Affective Disorder.
One of the most common barriers to exercise is that many of us don’t feel like we have enough time to exercise. On this note, I have seen a motivational image floating around the internet stating that a 1-hour workout is only 4.17% of your day. But that math is a little off, so I fixed it:
Here’s the thing: you’re probably spending at least that much time watching TV or consuming media in some other way. Why not combine the two and spend that time on a bike or a rower or a treadmill at the gym? Moderate intensity exercise is as easy as taking a brisk walk or riding the bike at a less-than-10-mph pace.
If you feel like exercise is a chore, chances are you’re trying to commit to a type of exercise that you don’t enjoy. While it’s true that certain types of exercise may be more efficient at achieving your goals than others, the most valuable exercises are the ones you actually stick to. Try a little bit of everything until you find something you enjoy—because making time to exercise becomes far easier when you actually look forward to your workout.
Author: Whitney Landon