Have you wondered how much exercise is too much? I know I have. The other question is, how much is too little? What's the best form of exercise? I could list many more questions that people ask but I'd rather give some answers.
We are all unique; different shapes, nutritional needs, looks, ethnicity and more. With that being said, it's hard to say what type of exercise is right for you. We have to move away from the belief that what works great for 1 person is best for all. It's the same in western medicine, many fad diets, weight loss programs, and fitness. The truth is that what works great for Bob might not work as good for Mary and could do harm to Jim. Why? Because we're all unique and therefore, have differing needs.
Also, what worked for you in your 20's might not work in your 30's. How about if we take all the info we've believed about what type of exercise is best and all the other stuff, such as, low-fat is good and cardio is king, and toss it in the trash? That's right! Let it go so you can move forward in what will work for you as a unique person.
Here I go with some tips for you.
Dedicating a half hour, 5-6 days a week to exercising for health is great. This is in addition to regular daily movement such as a casual walk after dinner or a 10 minute walk during a break. The other days, you still need to move through out the day.
Find a program that has variety. Strictly running, cardio, or yoga isn't good. Mix it up. As you try different things, you'll find what works well for you. Pilates, cross-fit, dance class, or piyo are great places to start.
It is best to exercise in the morning. If that doesn't work for you, don't sweat it.
If you're spending 1-3 hours exercising every day, you're actually harming your body. The key is balance. You might look great on the outside for a while, but you're oxidative stress levels are most likely way too high which leads to dis-ease and premature aging.
You should feel great after working out and have consistent energy through out the day. If you're feeling worse after and or overly tired the rest of the day, something is off-balance. If you haven't exercised for years and you have weight to lose, then you can expect to feel sore and have a few other symptoms at first. That is normal. You will know the diff
Your workout should be something you look forward to. If it isn't, you might need to add more variety or find something new all together. It might also be a mindset that needs changing. Leave me comment below and tell me your favorite way to exercise. I'm always looking for something new.