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Exercise. How Much Do I Need Every Day?

February 25, 2022

Exercise: How Much Do I Need Every Day


Exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but it can be difficult to stick to a routine, or even to fit it in with everything going on in your life. But the recommendation is to do a little bit each day, so how much exercise do you really need to do every day so that you can be considered healthy? Below there will be five different factors that contribute to the amount of time you need to spend exercising each day.


Moderate Exercise

How much time you should be spending on exercise largely depends upon the level that the exercise is classed as. Exercise of moderate intensity is usually activities such as walking briskly, treadmill walking, cycling, swimming or dancing. They generally don’t feel as though you are doing intense exercise and can be done for fun as well. If you just factor moderate exercise into your regime, you would be expected to do at least 150 minutes of it a week, which means that over five days that would equate to 30 minutes. Which when you stop to think about it doesn’t seem like a lot as you could always go for a walk around the park for half an hour each day and achieve it.


Intense Exercise

Intense Exercise is sometimes mixed in with moderate exercise to keep it interesting. It is generally thought of as being running, playing a sport or riding a bike up hills. So, the exercises that are considered intense exercise are generally those where you can feel winded and as though you are actually taking part in exercise at the time. Because the activities are more rigorous and the impact of them can be felt for longer, you are only expected to do 75 minutes of it a week. This means that on a five-day basis you would only need to do fifteen minutes of intense exercise a day, which can seem a bit daunting but would become more than manageable over time.


Strength Training

Strength training is often mixed in with the two different intensities of exercise. It is advised by a lot of health officials that you do these activities at least twice a week, although there isn’t an exact amount of time that is recommended as this form of exercise is measured more by the repetitions and weight that you can manage. It is expected that you will work on every muscle group when doing this though, so you can’t just focus on your arms or your legs because they are easier, you need to make sure that you do strength training across your body.


Length of Exercise

There will be days where you are unable to exercise for the required length of time, which is probably why most of the requirements are measured on a weekly basis. So, it is easy for you to say that you will shorten one day’s exercise and add the remaining time onto the following day. So long as you remember to achieve at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of intense exercise each week alongside two days of strength training you will be fine. There is no shame in needing to build up to the advised amount, or needing to split it over the entire week to make it achievable.


Workout Equipment

While talking about the length of time that you should be spending on exercise each day, it is important to think about how the quality of your equipment can affect your results. After all, no matter how much you exercise, you need to have the right equipment to perform the activities properly. It is important to look into the various workout equipment available and read the reviews before purchasing anything so you can be sure that they are what will work best for what you need.


Final Words

So, overall you can mix the various methods of exercise to achieve the correct amount, but it is advised that you do at least two days of strength training alongside 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of intense exercise each week. Though, while doing these exercises make sure that any equipment you are using is not hindering your performance.

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