How much exercise is needed to effectively manage stress and prevent diseases such as coronary heart disease and hypertension?
By: Andrew Wolf, M.S. E.D.
When you think about exercise in regard to disease prevention it is important to keep in perspective the simplicity of exercise. If you think about it all exercise can be broken down into how many calories you burn when you do that exercise. It is important to think of exercise this way because when you want to talk about “how much exercise” you are really asking “how many calories”. The other thing to keep in mind is the unimportance of what you do today and the importance of how much you have done this week. Think of exercise as an accumulation of calorie burning that occurs over seven days not whether or not you did 30-45 minutes on the treadmill today.
Keeping this point in mind I always try to get my clients to think about exercise accumulation. Doing three bouts of exercise that are 60 minutes long or doing 18 bouts of exercise that are 10 minutes long is the same thing when it comes to burning calories and preventing disease. Both approaches have you doing 180 minutes of exercise per week so in the end they are equal.