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Worthy Word Wednesday: How Much Exercise is Healthy?

on February 18, 2015

tennis-shoesI don’t usually post about exercising, but I just read a tidbit I wanted to share, especially with any of my fellow exhausted young mommas. I am doing some reading in order to complete my nursing continuing education requirements for my license renewal. The following quote is taken from “Cardiovascular Diseases: The Leading Cause of Death in Women” by Jassin Jouria, M.D.

“The typical recommendation made by the Surgeon General of the United States, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Sports Medicine is to exercise moderately for at least 30 minutes on most days. An alternative option is to exercise vigorously for a minimum of 20 minutes 3 days a week[.] Exercising regularly improves mood and can help lower a high resting heart rate. It also lowers blood pressure and relieves stress.”

I love the addition of the alternative option–20 minutes vigorously for 3 days a week! This is doable! In fact, a workout that I have found that meets these qualifications is Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred (warning for any male readers: this link takes you to the Amazon page, which shows the dvd cover with Jillian Michaels immodestly dressed). In fact, I have been doing this workout 3 days a week lately, and though hard work, it is nice to be done in only 20 minutes.

So, take heart, fellow moms of littles. One hour a week of vigorous exercise is not only doable but heart-healthy! And, if you are discouraged because of the sporadic nature of your exercising, here’s another note of encouragement from the article:

It has been noted that even short bouts of activity favorably affect the risk profile of individuals who are otherwise inactive.

Now, quit reading blogs and go exercise. . . 😉

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