Chicago — How much exercise do you think you need to live a long life? The answer may not be what you think.
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services recommended that each week adults get at least an hour and fifteen minutes of intense exercise (running, bicycling, or swimming), or at least two and a half hours if it’s less vigorous (walking and weightlifting). However, a new study by the American Heart Association said something different.
They found that those who worked out two to four times the recommended amount, lived longer than those who didn’t. New recommendations are 150 to 300 minutes a week.
If you feel like you haven’t been exercising enough, don’t worry, it’s never too late to start. If you want to introduce something new into your physical routine, start with 10 minutes of that new thing, whether it be walking or bicycling. You can then add more time to it throughout the weeks until you get to a number you can be proud of.
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