Thirty minutes a day? Sixty minutes a day? How much time should you be exercising?
It depends on your goals, according to the April issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter.
Based on the growing girth of Americans — 61 percent are overweight or obese — the National Academy of Sciences now suggests an hour of moderate exercise every day. The academy said earlier recommendations for 30 minutes on most days isn’t enough to prevent weight gain.
If weight loss isn’t an issue, there are still health benefits to exercising one-half hour on most days. Studies have shown that the biggest boost in cardiovascular health and fewer people dying occurred when inactive people progressed to an intermediate level of fitness or at least 30 minutes a day. But if your goal is to lose weight, find more time to exercise. That increases the potential for fat loss.
(Source: Mayo Clinic, www.mayoclinic.com)
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