If you’re a beginner, just 30 minutes of moderate activity five days a week could be all it takes for you to reap the many benefits of exercise,
If you believe social media is a guidepost for how to live your life (and heaven help you, if you do), you may think that camping out at the gym for hours on end each day is the way to get fit, get strong, and be healthier. After all, fitness influencers will all tell you that it’s all about working really hard and “wanting it bad enough.” Now, while there’s certainly nothing wrong with hard work and dedication, but sometimes, in the case of fitness, less can really be more. You don’t need to spend more hours on the treadmill than you do in your own living room—especially if you’re just beginning your personal fitness journey.
“If you’re a beginner, just 30 minutes of moderate activity five days a week could be all it takes for you to reap the many benefits of exercise,” Paige Waehner, CPT, writes for VeryWellFit. “Researchers suggest that 30 minutes of moderate activity may be especially doable for beginners not only because such workouts are shorter and less vigorous, but also because they won’t totally deplete a person’s energy stores.”
Still skeptical? Read up on this noteworthy research, published in the American Journal of Physiology. Danish scientists asked a group of 30 overweight yet generally healthy men to exercise for a full hour each day. Another group of 30 overweight men exercised for just 30 minutes every day. Incredibly, the half-hour workout group actually ended up losing more weight.
“On average, the men who exercised 30 minutes a day lost 3.6 kilo (just under 8lbs) in three months, while those who exercised for a whole hour only lost 2.7 kg (just under 6lbs). The reduction in body mass was about 4 kg for both groups,” explains study author Mads Rosenkilde, PhD student, Department of Biomedical Sciences.
But you won’t just drop a few pounds if you donate a half-hour every day to exercise. You’ll boost your brain, your mood, and stave off disease. For these—and other amazing side effects—of exercises 30 minutes a day, read on. And for more amazing exercise advice, don’t miss these Exercise Tricks for Slimming Down Your Body, Say Experts.