De­vote your week­days to a short work­out

Shape (Malaysia) - - Get Fit -

We know it’s easy-liv­ing sea­son, but carve out just 40 min­utes Mon­day through Fri­day for sweat. A re­view of stud­ies in the jour­nal Progress in Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Dis­eases shows that you need a min­i­mum of 200 to 250 min­utes of mod­er­ate phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity per week to main­tain weight loss. “The re­search sug­gests that when it comes to weight main­te­nance, the more phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity the bet­ter,” says re­view au­thor Da­mon Swift, Ph.D. So if you plan to spend your week­ends parked on a deck chair by the pool, des­ig­nate Satur­day and Sun­day as your rest days dur­ing the sum­mer. That way, you’ll have five days of ex­er­cise un­der your belt by the time you hit the week­end. The same prin­ci­ple ap­plies to your diet: “Dur­ing the week, try to stay in and cook your meals, and try to be the health­i­est ver­sion of your­self,” Gans says.

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