Tuesday, March 26, 2013
You sparkers who are familiar with me know that I am a "good enough is good enough" kind of guy. You needn't push yourself to the limits all the time to improve your health or well being. You just need to get out there and exercise more than you used to.
I read blogs constantly where we kind of beat up on ourselves when we feel like we should be doing more. Trying harder. Pushing more.
Well, good news for us. According to what I just read more is not necessarily better. In fact, less could be better - for your mortality expectations. Moderation according to these experts, is the key.
Here's a quote:“These data certainly support the idea that more running is not needed to produce extra health and mortality benefits,” said Dr. Carl J. Lavie, medical director of cardiac rehabilitation and prevention at the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans and an author of the study. “If anything,” he continued, “it appears that less running is associated with the best protection from mortality risk. More is not better, and actually, more could be worse.”
The complete article is here:
The gist of it is, just get out there and do some moderate exercise three times a week for a total of 150 minutes. Do some strength training as well. Mix it up, and go easy.
I hope this helps assuage some of the guilt that I constantly read here on Sparkpeople.
Thanks for reading and have an easy day.
Edit: The article did not specify 3 times a week exercise, I added that from my memory of reading that advice so many times. Thanks to Pastafarian for pointing out my error.