Monday, 6 August 2007

Experts issue new exercise guidelines

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Are you getting enough activity? The American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine recently released new guidelines about how much exercise we should all be getting. Former guidelines suggested that, at a minimum, we should all be doing 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week. The AHA and ACSM took that a step or two further and recommended:
  • 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days per week, OR
  • 20 minutes of vigorous exercise 3 days per week
  • strength training, including 8-10 different exercises, two days per week
They also encourage seniors to be more active and to focus on exercises that will promote strength, balance, and flexibility. In addition, the two groups want us all to understand that these are minimum guidelines and that the more you move, the better your health will be!

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