At least 30 minutes, that’s all you need. That’s like nothing. That’s probably less time than if you watched all the infomercials from 6pm to 10pm in one sitting. Just 30 minutes of daily exercise is what everyone needs to be a little healthier. With just that you can expect to gain a few benefits especially if the schedule is sustained.
Control weight. Exercise burns calories and the amount you burn will depend on how intense your activity is. But essentially regular exercise controls weight gain and also helps a lot to maintain your weight.
Prevent or manage health conditions. Regardless of your current weight, regular physical activity boosts your body’s production of good cholesterol and lowers the unhealthy cholesterol. This cardiovascular benefit in itself is reason enough. There are also other health problems that exercise helps to prevent and manage.
Boost energy. Regular activity will make your cardiovascular system more efficient. It will also help increase strength, stamina, and strengthen your lungs. You will find that you have more energy to do house chores. It also means not running out of breath just walking up and down the aisles at the supermarket.
Better and deeper sleep. The caveat here is not to exercise right before you go to bed. You won’t be able to sleep that way because you’ll be energized. What exercise does for you is help you get to sleep easier and stay asleep better.
There are a lot more benefits from regular exercise. But now you are wondering exactly what physical activity you should be engaging in. Well, you need to know that any form of exercise or physical activity will fall into one of four types or be a combination thereof.
These four types are endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility.
Most people tend to focus on one or only a few of these. To really benefit from your exercise, it is best to engage in activities that cover these four types. Walking or jogging, for instance, will improve endurance while lifting a few weights or using resistance bands will definitely strengthen you. Doing taichi definitely increases your balance and twisting like a pretzel in yoga will give you flexibility.
Okay, I know, doing all those will take more than 30 minutes. This is often the reason we go to gyms and take on personal trainers so they can develop personalized fitness programs to cover these four areas in one workout session.
Or you can do pilates, specifically, reformer pilates. Pilates covers all these areas thoroughly. Master the more complex routines and you will find that a short pilates workout is a very intense activity.
Just like yoga, all you need in pilates is a mat. However, optimal results in pilates is achieved through great instruction in mastering the forms, postures, and positions.
Achieving good (near perfect) form takes some time so that knowledgeable pilates instructors will usually recommend reformer pilates, especially for beginners.
Reformer pilates is basically pilates done with the help of a machine called a “reformer”. Through the reformer, beginners are able to quickly develop their core strength, flexibility and balance so they can do the more complex mat work. What the reformer does is to provide the right resistance so that you can achieve the correct forms faster.
With the right instruction and motivation, reformer pilates will help you achieve your fitness goals quicker.