According to a recent news release, newly issued guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) state that Americans may require more to lose weight and keep it off.
“In the midst of a genuine crisis in Americans’ health related to what we eat and how little we move, these guidelines are meant to provide an understanding and clarification of the role of physical activity and its relationship to weight,” Dr. Joseph E. Donnelly of the University of Kansas in Lawrence and chair of the advisory committee noted in a statement about the research findings.
In 2001, the ACSM stated that Americans should exercise for a minimum time of 150 minutes each week, which amounts to about 30 minutes per day, five days per week. However, 200 to 300 minutes per week was recommended for long-term weight loss.
“Resistance training does not enhance weight loss but may increase fat-free mass and increase loss of fat mass and is associated with reductions in health risk,” said the ACSM.
“More recent evidence has supported this recommendation and has indicated that more physical activity may be necessary to prevent weight regain after weight loss,” reads the ACSM’s position paper published in the latest issue of the College’s journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
To start getting on the road to a healthier fitness plan, start making time for Strength Training Workouts and other forms of aerobic exercise in your life. The benefits will be overwhelming!