I think something can count as exercise if you only do it for a minute if it's so intense that it gets your heart beating really fast. If you do several sessions like that throughout the day it can be a valuable addition to a bigger exercise program.
If I spend a day working in my garden and by evening I'm so tired all I want to do is melt into my recliner and don't even feel like getting up to get a snack, I feel like I got some exercise, even though my heart rate might not have gone up. I guess now I should call it useful activity instead of exercise.
I remember years ago reading about exercise physiology, and one thing that sticks in my mind is what were called the three fundamental principles of exercise: overload, specificity, and reversibility. This article talked about the first and third. The second, specificity, is that training effect is specific to training stimulus: you get good at doing whatever it is you do in other words. I would add balance, like for example if you move weights in one direction you should also move weights in the opposite direction. And variety.
There have been a few times in my life when I was very active and did a lot of very intense exercise but still had a big belly and looked pregnant (but with good muscle tone), because I didn't exercise enough eating discipline.
- 4/21/2014 10:42:06 AM