How much exercise do we really need?

Make Sense Nutrition

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If you are asking this question – first off, congratulations! You are on the right track – making a decision to put on snickers and setting exercise goals is a major step towards becoming more active and healthier overall.

The amount of exercise needed

Per the Department of Health and Human Services current recommendation is to perform at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. That translates into 30 min/5 times a week of moderate activity (walking, light jogging, leisurely bike riding, yoga and gentle stretch) OR 25 min/3 times a week of vigorous activity like running, fast riding, High Intensity Interval Training (think CrossFit), resistance training, power yoga, bootcamp etc.

As for weight loss, exercise has not proven to be a major contributing direct factor. It only accounts for about 20% of…

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