In a recent NY Times article, physiologist Dr. Michael Joyner of the Mayo Clinic suggests not missing more than two days in a row and that the best would be to only skip one day.*
Really though, getting in some kind of movement on most days of the week, is ideal. Dr. Joyner’s answer was in reply to the question as to whether it really mattered if a person exercised three days in a row and then took the next four off.
It seems that more often than not, consistency is what counts with exercise. Our bodies will maintain the benefits of exercise if we keep chipping away at it and don’t take too many days off. It’s also a good reminder for our skeleton to stay strong and do its job of supporting the soft tissues of the body.
The good effects such as endurance, lowered blood pressure, improved blood sugar control, and even motivation begin to wane when we take off more than two days in a row. Injuries can also increase.
Does your exercise routine looks like this?
- Exercising on the weekends, then being sedentary for the rest of the week?
- Exercising in one chunk for the day, and then sitting for the rest? If so, you might consider spreading it out for greater fitness. Also, don’t wait until you have an hour to exercise. It’s better to get in little bits of movement rather than none at all.
Inspire us! Please let us know your ideas for incorporating movement and exercise into your day!
I’ll start: My dog contributes to my exercise regularity as much as anything, (not counting making a career of it as a PE teacher and personal trainer)! Rain or shine, sleet or snow! When I didn’t have a dog, I’d borrow the neighbor’s for my daily aerobics.