Thursday, October 8, 2015

How much exercise is enough?

It depends on you you ask, what kind of exercise it is and what else you're doing regularly (i.e. diet, smoking, proper rest, etc.).  It can also depend on your age and other health conditions.

Cardiologists recommend 30-60 minutes a day of exercise, in some form - usually walking.  However, as long as it's exercise, it's OK.  It doesn't matter what kind it is.  It's the daily regularity of it that matters most.

They just did a new study in the UK on this topic.  Those who carried out two and a half hours of moderate exercise a week – as recommended in the UK (and the US) – had a 10 per cent lower risk of heart failure than those who did no physical activity at all.  But the researchers said this result was ‘not good enough’.  They found that people who did double the recommended exercise had a 19 per cent reduced risk of heart failure.  And those who did four times as much - ten hours a week  - had a 35 per cent lower chance of heart failure.

In other words, the more daily exercise you do, the better it is for your overall cardiovascular health. 

Of course, for those who are especially serious about cholesterol reduction, diabetes prevention, serious weight loss and muscle-building, it requires more vigorous types of exercise - along with diet and lifestyle changes.

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