It is recommended to get some activity most days of the week for health benefits.
The mayo clinic states 150 min per week of moderate activity as the minimum for health benefits and 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity. The health benefits will go up with the more activity they do. Of course to a point as too much of anything will have negative consequences or the bell shaped curve.
For most people that I train with me I always tell them, you don’t have to do anything on your “non training days” to get rapid weight loss results, but to maximize overall health benefits then I do recommend doing something most days of the week.
It doesn’t have to be long strenuous cardio in one session though.
It can be split up throughout the day!
So you can park your car further than usual, take the stairs instead of the elevator, take a short 15 minute walk at lunch, and do a short 15 minute walk in evening and you will have dramatically improved your health.
Also stuff like gardening, vigorous cleaning, or anything that gets your heart going can contribute to this.
So if you are one of those people that hates doing long duration cardio, but wants to maximize health benefits then find little ways or “hacks” throughout the day that will add up to hitting your goals at the end of the day.
Figure out ways to get 5 min here, 10 min there, and it adds up, while avoiding the boredom of cardio in one shot.
When you do these things though, put some effort into it so that it gets your heart pumping!
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