It’s more important to work on continuous exercise rather than how fast or how hard you are working. Beginners can start with 10 to 20 minutes per workout and work up from there. Guidelines recommend 3 to 6 days per week and 30 to 60 minute workouts. Research shows 45 minutes of cardio per session has the best overall results. Other helpful tips include breaking workouts down to a few smaller sessions, making exercise a priority, parking farther away from your destination to increase walking distance, taking stairs instead of elevators and joining friends or groups (even on line) to make yourself more accountable.
Bridget R. Sanders, PTA
The Memorial Hospital Physical Therapy Department