Steady Exercise vs Exercise “Breaks”?

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?

Josh Schlekewy

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

One Response to “Steady Exercise vs Exercise “Breaks”?”

  1. mmcleod

    So I guess it boils down to, would you rather work out for 30 minutes in the morning, or work out sporadically throughout the entire day.

    Personally I like the feeling of a serious workout. It gives a feeling of accomplishment, and you can really feel your body work. You feel the muscles bulge and the blood flow. You can’t get that from tiny workouts throughout the day.
    I know you would definitely not get enough blood flowing to your muscles to induce any sort change. A good flow of blood delivers all the necessary nutrients to the muscles that help them both grow and work to their full potential when under stress.

    Most people, however, I think have a goal in mind when they start working out. Whether it be lose weight, bulk up or just get those awesome abs like on TV. In order to achieve that you have to establish what you want to work out and how often. If you never put those muscles through any stress, then they are not going to grow, they are only going to get comfortable and stop improving themselves.

    I think a lot of people, would take this advice under the assumption that as long as they do something they are going to lose weight or get in shape, when if they aren’t pushing their body it won’t change how they live. I could walk around the building once every hour everyday for 2 months, and I promise my body would get used to the walk after the first week or two and would never improve any further. It takes work to make a change.

    In conclusion unless you are pushing your body to do something its not used to, you aren’t going to see results, and for you to push your body throughout the day, rather than all at once, seems like more work than its worth if it gives you the same end result.

    Sorry for the long ramble. Just don’t want people getting false hope that as long as they get up and walk around every 30 minutes, they’ll lose weight or whatever.


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