How often and for how long should I exercise?
Probably a lot more than you think… Sorry!
My favorite book, Younger Next Year for Women, by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. explains why, and in such a way that you want to immediately get up and get moving. To paraphrase, in an almost reckless way, the authors state that each day your body releases hormones that tell your body to grow and thrive, or to shrink and die. Your body determines which hormones will be released based upon the information you give your brain in the way of activity or inactivity, and the type of food you consume. (You hear naturopaths say it all the time; “Food is information.”)
To further paraphrase, you need to exercise, vigorously, at least 45 minutes a day. While it won’t get rid of your crow’s feet, it will keep your body from decaying and it will shrink your midsection.
Now, get your booty to the body barre basement, and read Younger Next Year or Younger Next Year for Women. I also recommend You: On a Diet, by Dr.’s Oz and Roizen. They explain the mechanics of hunger, give practical advice for changing your eating habits, and even include recipes and easy to perform at home workouts.