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Posted by: Tshwarelo | 2010/05/14

Enough exercise

How much is enough exercise one must do in order to reap the benefits?

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Hi there

Depends which benefits you're looking for. If you just want to improve your health, then even 30 minutes a day of accumulated exercise is enough. You can get this by walking to the shops instead of driving, by taking the stairs instead of the lift, and so on.

However, if you want to lose weight, or get fit, or combat high blood pressure, then you need more. Now you're looking at 4 to 5 days a week of structured training, not just regular activity during the course of the day. Four to five hours a week.

And then of course, if you want to aspire to perform better, to become super fit and healthy, then you're looking at 6 to 10 hours a week. So a lot depends on what you're after, but I'd say 4 days a week, 45 minutes a day, is a middle range target to shoot for.

Good luck

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Posted by: fitnessdoc | 2010/05/15

Hi there

Depends which benefits you're looking for. If you just want to improve your health, then even 30 minutes a day of accumulated exercise is enough. You can get this by walking to the shops instead of driving, by taking the stairs instead of the lift, and so on.

However, if you want to lose weight, or get fit, or combat high blood pressure, then you need more. Now you're looking at 4 to 5 days a week of structured training, not just regular activity during the course of the day. Four to five hours a week.

And then of course, if you want to aspire to perform better, to become super fit and healthy, then you're looking at 6 to 10 hours a week. So a lot depends on what you're after, but I'd say 4 days a week, 45 minutes a day, is a middle range target to shoot for.

Good luck

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