Frequently, people ask me “how much exercise and what type of exercise should I be doing?” While the answer varies depending on individual goals (weight loss, muscle gain, general health, etc.), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) does provide some guidelines to follow. In July, ACSM just released new recommendations.
The recommendations for cardiovascular exercise and resistance training are similar, but they do add in some recommendations on flexibility exercises (stretching) and nueromotor exercises (balance and coordination) to help improve “functional fitness”. To view a chart with a good summary of the recommendations, click here.