How much exercise is too much?

 

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How much exercise is too much? If you look like this then you have done too much!

 

Sometimes I can find myself  overwhelmed by too much information.

 

There is a restaurant near my house that serves great tasting food for a reasonable price but when I go there I can never seem to make up my mind as to what to eat.

 

There are simply too many choices and every option looks as tempting as the next.

 

It is possible that you feel the same way when it comes to your exercise program- there are so many options and “solutions” being presented to you on TV that you’re not sure where to begin!

 

Turn on the television and you will see infomercials for Insanity, P90X, Tony Little, Pilates, Yoga, Ten Minute Trainer etc. The list goes on and on.

 

All of these options can leave you feeling confused about where to begin or who to believe.

 

Today I want to clear up the confusion and make things a whole lot easier for you.

 

Instead of focusing on the type of exercise program I want you to start thinking in terms of the amount of exercise you are getting.

 

There are two numbers that I have found to be somewhat consistent when it comes to exercise and seeing measurable results.

 

The first number is 3. This is the number of hours per week that I have found to be the minimum effective dose for exercise in order to produce a noticeable reduction in body fat and increase in lean muscle mass.

 

The second number is 5. This is the amount of hours per week that I have found to be the ideal amount of exercise in order to produce a dramatic body transformation with a very significant reduction in body fat and remarkable increase in lean muscle mass.

 

Researchers from Harvard looked at this recently too. They were interested in finding out how much exercise was required in order to significantly reduce heart disease risk.

 

They found that exercising for 300 minutes per week (5 hours) decreased heart disease by 20 percent.

 

They also discovered that increasing this to 750 minutes per week (12.5 hours) only increased this to 25 percent.

 

Researchers also noted that 150 minutes per week (2.5 hours) cut heart disease by 14 percent.

 

These results support the notion that there is an ideal amount of exercise that you should strive for each week and that you don’t have to “live in the gym” in order to realize a benefit to health or body composition change.

 

I hope that you found this to be helpful while you are scheduling your time this week. Let me know how much exercise you are getting each week and the results you are seeing from it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This post was written by

Bruce – who has written posts on Cutting edge muscle building and fat loss secrets.
bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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