I have a quick question for you. I saw on either the news today or an
info-mercial that incremental exercise throughout the day has been
proven to be just as effective as like a steady half hour work out.
Have you heard anything about that?
You are absolutely correct Josh. Some “experts” say that only continuous exercise getting your heart rate over such and such is effective to give you health benefits…that’s bunk.
Exercise is cumulative and will give you health benefits when you do it. New research has shown that “exercise breaks” are very good for the body and may produce less wear and tear on the body than continuous prolonged exercise.
And when we we talk about “exercise breaks” we are meaning and short periods of time where you can do any exercise you want – stretch, use resistance bands, elliptical, run, walk, jump up and down…what ever you like to do that gets you moving…it all adds up.
I know I’m going to receive some “flack” from people who argue that your heart rate need to be at least at the middle of the aerobic range for at least 20 minutes, but you know, some of the healthiest people only do yoga and do not do middle range aerobic activity nor do the people who live the longest on earth, the Hunza’s.
So, what works is to put some exercise in when ever you want to and don’t worry about the amount or duration and feel confident that it all adds up, and what you are doing is a lot better than not doing it at all.
Yours in movement – Coach