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Know All About Exercise

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25 Aug, 2018

The rewards of exercise are apparently endless. From better mental health to a longer life, exercise has principally been at the core of our well-being. But with a ton of recommendations and information available it might be hard to figure out how much one should be exercising. WHO recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activities or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activities throughout the week for adults aged 18-64 years. WHO further recommends in performing an aerobic activity in bouts of at least 10 minutes. Also, muscle training should be incorporated on 2 or more days a week involving major muscle groups.

One of the major misconceptions among people is that they think ‘If I don’t meet the criteria of 150 minutes of exercise per week, I won’t enjoy any health benefits’, thereby adopting an “it’s all or nothing” attitude. Individuals think exercise means to hit at a point where one is completely out of breath and panting once the workout is over. Although attainable, it’s not necessary for a majority of health benefits.

A study published in The Lancet discovered that heart patients meeting the guidelines of at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise for five days a week saved a whopping $2500 in health care costs compared to those who didn’t. This suggests that exercise had helped counter complications. Another study published in the journal PLOS ONE demonstrated that thirty minutes a week of interval training could be just as effective as longer and steady-state workouts in lowering the risk of developing type-2 diabetes. Exercise has also been found to lower the risk of endometrial, colon and breast cancers. To lower overall cancer risk, the American Cancer Society recommends 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activities or 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activities.

Our subsequent articles and videos would shed more light on the benefits of exercise in normal individuals and with people with different chronic conditions. So keep watching this space for more.