should I exercise?
Aerobic exercise and muscle strengthening
For the greatest overall health benefits, experts recommend that you
do 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic activity three or more times a week
and some type of muscle strengthening activity and stretching at least
twice a week.
30 minutes a day
However, if you are unable to do this level of activity, you can gain
substantial health benefits by accumulating 30 minutes or more of
moderate-intensity physical activity a day, at least five times a
If you have been inactive for a while, you may want to start with
less strenuous activities such as walking or swimming at a comfortable
pace. Beginning at a slow pace will allow you to become physically
fit without straining your body. Once you are in better shape, you
can gradually do more strenuous activity.
Don't push yourself
You don't have to push yourself to benefit from physical activity.
Thirty minutes of gentle activity (like walking) can be just as healthy
as 15 minutes of intense activity (like fast dancing).
Recent research at Ohio State University has revealed a 200% increase
(over 20 years) in health problems among middle-aged people who began
intensive exercise too abruptly. These problems ranged from heart
trouble to tissue damage.
Don't push yourself too far, too fast. Go slowly and live longer!
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