How much exercise and physical activity should I be doing?

These days we are all aware of the benefits regular physical activity has in physical and mental health. For many people though the question is exactly how much exercise they should be doing, and how much is too much, or what is enough? As with everything there is not always a ‘one-size’ fits all approach. Many people can train quite vigorously 5-6 days per week and not experience any signs of over-training, whereas another person may find anything more than 2-3 sessions starts to negatively impact their daily life across areas associated with overtraining. It is important to focus on what works for you and listen to your body, and if you are new to exercise ensure you allow yourself time to build your level up.

Australia’s recommended physical activity guidelines were updated in 2014 to increase the amount from 150 minutes (2.5 hours) up to 300 minutes (5 hours) per week of moderate physical activity. The first concern many people will have is that they just don’t have the time to commit and achieve this goal. However there is a way around that by increasing the intensity of the activity by choosing to instead do 75-150 minutes (1 ¼ - 2 ½ hours) of vigorous exercise.

The guidelines also advise you to engage in muscle strengthening activities on at least 2 days each week. These activities can include, but are not limited to, body weighted exercise or weight training at a gym.
I designed my training programs to ensure they were not only effective for reshaping your body and helping your reach your physique goal, but also to ensure they met the current Australian Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Adults (18-64 years). By having two options for you ladies you can choose to workout in a gym setting, or at home with minimal equipment required. 

I am a huge advocate of being able to attain your aesthetic goals, whilst also ensuring you are balancing your nutrition and training without sacrificing your health. Always remember that there are many ways to meet these activity level goals and you are not limited to just being in a gym.
If you want to read more about these guidelines and benefits of regular physical activity then visit the website below for more information- 

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-pubhlth-strateg-phys-act-guidelines/$File/FS-Adults-18-64-Years.PDF

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