I suppose May is a perfectly fine month to start thinking about getting fit. The weather is getting nicer, and the fear of squeezing into a bathing suit is looming large. However, wouldn’t it be more efficient to think about fitness all year long? That would take the pressure off the month of May. Then all we would have to do in May is the same thing we did in April and so forth.
As I go through my own midlife journey, I think a lot more about health and wellness. That is the real reason to get and stay fit. For those of us who need to shed a few pounds (and by us, I also mean me), I like to think of weight loss as health gain. That takes some of the pressure off, too. I am not aiming towards a weight goal. I am focused on overall health.
So let’s remove all the guesswork from what we should be doing every day to maintain good fitness. It all comes down to common sense and one simple math equation. According to the current American Heart Association (AHA) exercise guidelines, we need to be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Now the AHA came up with this great advice based on scientific evidence that clearly shows that this level of physical activity has a positive effect on reducing the risk of heart disease. That should be our number one goal, by the way, since heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S.