Often people new to exercise feel better after just a couple of sessions. However, this will be predominantly an improvement in emotional well being rather than a physiological improvement. For improved cardiovascular fitness the exerciser has to follow a programme for 6 – 8 weeks.
Unfortunately, a lapsed exerciser will lose these physiological benefits within 3 weeks. How unfair is that!
So, if you have struggled to maintain your normal exercise programme due to the recent spell of bad weather or lack of motivation due to the ‘winter blues’ or purely the busyness that comes with this time of year; the challenge I would give to you is get ‘back on track’
Don’t leave it until the New Year – the sooner you start the easier it will be.
The Physical Activity & Public Health revised guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine are:
5 by 30 minutes of moderate cardiovascular exercise per week
Or 3 by 20 minutes of vigorous cardiovascular activity per week
And 2 by 8-10 strength training exercises (8 – 12 repetitions).
Depending how long it is since you exercised you do need to follow a progressive programme starting from your current fitness level. In 6 – 8 weeks you will be back on track.