How Much Exercise do You Need

ID-100112871If you exercise regularly or if you are planning to exercise regularly, you might have one important question in mind. And the question is “How much exercise do I need and what type of exercise do I need”? The answer to the question is not simple. The answer depends on several factors such as the reason for your exercise, your ability to exercise, if you have any cardiovascular disease etc.

The recommendation of the Surgeon General of United States, Center of Disease Control & Prevention and the American College of Sports Medicine is 30 minutes of moderate physical exercise or activity such as brisk walking on most of the days or at least 5 days a week. The 30 minutes of moderate physical activity can be divided into two parts of 15-20 minutes period.

The word “moderate intensity exercise or activity” should be clearly understood. Moderate intensity exercise or activity can be defined as noticeable increase of heart rate and breathing with some sweating, but less than the intensity which makes carry out of conversation uncomfortable or difficult. Brisk walking is one of the best moderate physical activities. Brisk walking is walking at the speed of approximately 6 km per hour or 3-4 miles an hour. In simple term brisk walking is the speed of walk you do if you are late for meeting or a ball-game.  

If you are healthy person and do exercise or want to start exercise to remain fit, you should do moderate physical exercise such as brisk walking, jogging, workout at gym etc. for approximately 30 minutes a day for 5-6 days a week. It is always preferable to do aerobic exercise to keep yourself fit or to prevent/reduce certain health problems. If you are exercising because you have diabetes and want to prevent further damage to cardiovascular system, the same exercise should be done on a regular basis.

 

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