Optimize Your Health, Fitness & Vitality with Brien Shamp: Accumulate At Least 30 Minutes of Daily Movement

Fitness has definitely evolved, have you?

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Adults need at least:

•    2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking, cycling, hiking, etc. at a conversational level of intensity) every week and
•    muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest,  shoulders, and arms).
•    1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running at an intensity that you are breathing hard & fast ) every week and
•    muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest,  shoulders, and arms).
•    An equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity and
•    muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest,  shoulders, and arms).

The CDC states that 10 minutes at a time is fine, which is great for those of us that work long hours at a desk and need movement throughout the day.
They also recommend that greater benefits can be achieved with more intense exercise and a greater duration of weekly movement.
Source: CDC

Here are a few models that will give you a total of 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity.
    •    10-minute brisk walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week
    •    30-minute hike, 5 days a week
    •    50-minute bike ride,  3 days a week
    •    25-minute elliptical trainer, 6 days a week

75 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous movement is even easier to accumulate and may produce better fat loss benefits:
    •    25-minute run, 3 days a week
    •    37.5-minutes of basketball, 2 days a week
    •    18.75-minutes of swimming, 4 days a week

You also need to do a strength training program at least 2 times per week.
I am not a big fan of indoor cardio equipment or gyms for that matter. I have worked out in gyms/health clubs since the age of 12 and I, like many are over it.
Only a few years ago, if you worked out, you went to a gym or health club. Now, given the high sales atmosphere, club-like environment (pick up scenes), bodybuilding culture, lack of personal attention, un-educated trainers and lack of results, there are many more options to get your 30 minutes of daily movement.

In every city, you will see Boot Camps, CrossFit Studios and studios for Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Pilates, Yoga, Specific Sports Performance and more.  My boot camp programs are designed to meet your aerobic and muscle strengthening needs. 3 days a week will give you 180 minutes of moderate & vigorous aerobic conditioning, muscle strengthening, flexibility, mobility, core strength, enhanced posture, balance, body awareness, teamwork and fun. It is hard to get all those benefits on a treadmill or elliptical.

If you are not into boot camps and the other options I listed above, there are plenty of other choices. There are running, swimming & biking clubs and races every week to keep you motivated and committed. There is also a new trend of challenge type races to entice us to continue our training for the challenge of it all.

Fitness has definitely evolved, have you?

There is no reason to be bored with the same old gym anymore. Did the health club industry really think they could distract us with the addition of television & internet on all the cardio equipment? Yes, I know it works for some, but it is still boring and generally less effective than walking, jogging, hiking or cycling outside.
Ultimately, the best form of daily movement is the activity you enjoy. Do your best to accumulate 30 minutes of daily movement. This should include self massage, stretching, mobility training, core work, aerobic work, muscle strengthening total body sessions, postural training, balance and stability exercises.

Change up your workouts and you will avoid plateaus.

Brien Shamp brings you 22 years of experience as a Body Transformation Expert, Personal Trainer, Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach, Massage Therapist, Strength Coach for College & Pro Athletes and Reiki Practitioner. In 2011 he was nominated one of the top ten trainers in the country. Brien has a degree in Biomechanics from UC Davis and extensive graduate studies in Exercise Physiology from SF State. Brien won first place in the Met-Rx World’s Best Personal Trainer Contest in 1999 and was nominated Best in the Bay by KRON 4 for Weight Loss in 2009. He is an active author in Parenting on the Peninsula, Ms. Fitness Magazine and his FREE Blog with thousands of subscribers at www.BrienShamp.com.

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