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Fitness Poll: Do You Exercise According to the Guidelines?

Do You Exercise According to the Guidelines?

Last August the guidelines for exercise were updated to state that all healthy adults need moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity for at least 30 minutes on five days each week or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity for at least 20 minutes on three days each week. Furthermore, it is recommended that 8-10 strengthening exercises using the major muscle groups be performed on two non-consecutive days.

I've been trying to stick by it for the past few months and it can definitely be challenging at times. So I'm curious, do you follow the guidelines for exercise?


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ley ley 9 years
cardio - nope dont do it because for it tampers with my strength training. I strength train for about 4 times a week at very high intensity so its sort of cardio as well. and i feel this has worked very well for me. :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
based on my routine, yes i do - but honestly it's not because of guidelines...i didn't really know what the latest and greatest were. :)
ElissaM ElissaM 9 years
I usually take Fridays off...every other day I'm either running or doing about 45-1 hour of in home strength training or Pilates video.
ella1978 ella1978 9 years
I do just cardio for about 45 min. three times a week and a combo of cardio and stregnth training for 45 min. twice a week. This is my new morning routine. I'm going to add swimming once a week on top of that. Plus my car is parking about 10 minutes from my office. I'm so glad to be back on the morning workout trend. My body reacts much better to the morning jolt!.
melda melda 9 years
yes i try to, but i get confused sometimes so many different articles all over the net
levi1 levi1 9 years
Yes, those are minimum guidelines I'm assuming. There is also a way of determining how many hours per week one exercises, I believe 3 1/2 hrs cardio a week plus the strength training. . . I do 4-5 cardio sessions a week, between 45-90 minutes, and 2 strength training sessions.
lolababy575 lolababy575 9 years
The best way for me to meet these guidelines (which is pretty easy) is just doing my favorite activities! I love to rock climb and I'll be at the wall at least 3 days a week after classes. I bought a yoga pass so I can drop in to any class on the schedule whenever it works and I love my instructors and their style. Plus, I also like to go on jogs between my classes as well when I have the time. My friends and I will go climbing outside about once a week which is great. Soon I'll be bike commuting for a minimum of 2hours on the bike each day (probably close to 3). And I've taken up a new hobby of "slack-lining" which is pretty much tight rope walking on a not so tight line of webbing. And then there's swimming and kayaking and volleyball and such coming up as soon as the weather turns nice! It's easy to get these requirements in if you have activities that you love to do!!!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I would have a hard time NOT meeting those guidelines. I work out 1-2 hours a day, 6 days a week. I do an hour or so of cardio and 3 days a week I do an hour of strength training.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
Kehinde... I totally know what you mean, but I have unfortunately fallen guilty to being one of those obsessers. I never USED to have to think twice about my weight, and I exercised a good amount. Then I got a sedentary job, and the weight just creeped up. It's VERY depressing, and hard to lose it now. So I worry so much about what I eat & I work out a lot. I fear that I am creating an unhealthy relationship with food.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I go above and beyond.
kehinde75 kehinde75 9 years
I do my best and probably make the guideline most weeks. I also do not like monitoring either my food intake or my exercise too closely as I think that (for me anyway) it can start bordering on disordered eating/exercise. I'm training for a triathlon and do pilates twice a week and stretch every day but I don't get down on myself for skipping a day or even two days. Likewise, if I get my favorite chicken gyro (just finished one they are DELICIOUS) for lunch and then have a massive dinner, I don't feel bad about it. This is all probably easy for me to say because I'm a healthy weight and have been the same weight (+/- 10 lbs) for probably 10 years but I get really sad when I hear my friends obsess about what they eat and how much they workout and rake themselves over the coals over some misstep in their nutrition or workout routine. I do understand that eating right and exercise are important to your health but mental health is just as important. OK, off my soapbox now!
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
I try. It can be hard sometimes because I can be tired from various things out of my control, but I am surprised at how well I've managed.
toodledoo toodledoo 9 years
I've been doing 3-4 days of 20 minute vigorous cardio a week. I just get too bored to stay on the machines for any longer and am practically rolling my eyes through my cooldown after. Can only watch so much bad tv!! I can't wait for the weather to warm up enough to add in my evening runs...extra cardio to fit into the summer wardrobe!!
graldi19 graldi19 9 years
i kinda exercise too much. i do at least an hour of hard cardio 5 times a week and lift about 3 days a week. it makes me feel good :)
wiggle wiggle 9 years
I cannot seem to fit in weight lifting into my training schedule.
teacherturtle1 teacherturtle1 9 years
cardio is my issue. i don't do much, if any cardio. so i really need to start finding ways of getting my cardio in. the rest is good. i lift just about everyday doing back, shoulders, and chest one day and alternating arms and abs the next day. then i also like to walk, but that isn't really much of an aerobic workout. or is it? :p ooh and i like to play tennis! :) tennis anyone? ;)
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
5 days a week? I used to go 5 days a week and I got burnt out. Now, I go 3-4 days a week on average. Im at the gym at least 2 - 21/2 hrs. Its no joke.
Cocoangel Cocoangel 9 years
I'm trying to keep to an every-other-day schedule with moderate intensity treadmill workouts. Puzzle, I'm with you about wanting to be outside but we're still getting freeze warnings + lots of rainy days. About once a month there's a weekend when I just need to take a few days off but I'll make up for it with yard work, walking to the post office or parking far away & taking all the stairs I can find. In the June (?!) issue of Woman's Day there's an article called "50 Tips for Better Living" and one of the experts said each day you should spend as much time exercising as you do eating, which is usually an hour. But she goes on to say for her that's 30 mins. of swimming, intense housework for 15 mins. and then walking the dog for 15 mins. Sounds pretty doable when it's plotted out that way.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I do 45 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio 5-6 days a week. I do at least 8-10 strength training exercises 3 non-consecutive days a week. it's easier to stay on track with my trainer because I not only have to be accountable to myself but I have to be accountable to him too.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I'm doing good compared to the guidlines. I do 2 strength training days with my trainer, Mon and Thurs. The rest of the days I either Run, do the elliptical or attempt to swim. I'm trying to learn how :-) Doggy paddling is a hard workout!!
Puzzle2397 Puzzle2397 9 years
If walking is moderate-intensity exercise, then I'm good. I do that and Pilates twice a week, in addition to riding my bike. I just can't bring myself to use any fitness machinery. I like to be outdoors for my cardio!
laellavita laellavita 9 years
I go above and beyond the aerobic guidelines - I often do anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half of moderate/high intensity cardio (usually towards the higher side) but hardly do strength training aside from lunges, sit ups, and squats.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I really try to, at least for the aerobic guidelines, but I've been way slackerish about strength training.
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