50 Minutes of Exercise a Day for Weight Loss
byon 02-14-2009 at 12:26 PM (1999 Views)
If you're trying to lose weight by working out for 30 minutes a day a couple of times a week, it's probably not working.
New guidelines set by the American College of Sports Medicine recommend at least 250 minutes of exercise a week - or 50 minutes a day five times a week - for "significant" weight loss and maintenance. Working out for less time than that may not keep the weight off.
Greater amounts of weekly physical activity — in the order of 250 minutes or more per week — have been associated with "significant" weight loss, the ACSM notes. Overweight and obese adults will most likely lose more weight and keep it off with at least 250 minutes per week of exercise.
The ACSM also suggests adding strength-training to your workout schedule because building muscle boosts your metabolism and burns fat.
These guidelines differ from ones set by the National Health and Human Services Department that state a minimum of two hours a week, or 120 minutes, is necessary to maintain your health and wellness. 120 minutes of exercise a week is a good start, but for weight-loss results, make it 250 minutes.