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Walk and Talk About Exercise and Current Guidelines

Benefits of Exercise

Whether you enjoy it or not, exercise is important to do. There are many benefits to engaging in regular exercise such as reducing the risk of developing chronic diseases like:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Certain cancers

Exercise can also help:

  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Improve mood
  • Boost self-esteem
  • Improve sleep quality.

          How much exercise do you need to realize the benefits?

According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week. That’s about 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week.

If you are trying to lose weight, you may have to ramp it up a bit. The HHS recommends that people who are trying to lose weight should aim for 300 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week.

And if you want to maintain your weight loss, you should continue to exercise at this level. Studies have shown that people who keep up their exercise habits after losing weight are more likely to keep the weight off in the long-term.

 

Of course, these are just guidelines. You may need to exercise more or less depending on your goals and fitness level. But whatever your situation, it’s important to find an exercise routine that works for you and stick with it. Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health!

 As I learned the hard way, you have to exercise but also eat right to be healthy or to lose weight. Exercise and eating the right foods go hand in hand when it comes to optimizing your health and losing weight.

Being healthy and losing then maintaining that weight loss is not really a diet, it is about making lifestyle changes. That means incorporating healthy eating habits and regular exercise into your daily routine. And it doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. Even starting with small changes can make a big difference.

So, if you’re looking to get healthier, don’t wait. Start making those lifestyle changes today! Do the work to invest on your health and longevity. 

 

*Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any exercise program or dietary changes.

 

Source: Mayo Clinic

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