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Some exercise newbies find themselves at a loss on how much exercise is enough for them. Some end up doing intense exercise once a week, while some spend hours every day thinking that this is the right way to do it. When it comes to exercising, how much do you really need?
There are two kinds of exercise: aerobic exercise and strength training. Aerobic exercise pertains to the types of activities that get the heart working harder, and this causes you to breathe deeper and heavier and also work up a sweat. Strength training on the other hand—as the name suggests—strengthens specific muscle groups in the body. Strength training lets your muscle become more flexible, and helps you in your coordination and balance. Strength training is also useful in helping you avoid injuries while doing aerobic activities and exercises include weight bearing exercises, pushups or sit-ups.

On the whole, fitness experts suggest getting 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every week. Moderate physical activity is defined as that which gets your heart rate up and lets you sweat after about 10 minutes. More ideal is if you could do 20-30 minutes of physical activity daily, and better still is you could push this up to 300 minutes a week. But for those who are beginners or are short on time, 150 minutes of moderate activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous activity should be enough.

As far as strength exercises are concerned, you don’t have to do it as often. At least two sessions a week is recommended for most people. There’s no specific length of time that you need to do this, but you should do repetitions on your strength exercise until you feel resistance or tension in the part of the body that you are strengthening. Some people make the mistake of performing strength training everyday of the week, but this is not recommended. You should give your body adequate time to rest between strength trainings.

The medical and health community cannot stress enough how important exercise is to the human body. Regular exercise is recommended for people who are suffering from certain ailments like diabetes and heart disease, because it has been shown to reduce the risk of complications and further worsening of the condition. Research studies conducted over the benefits of exercise have shown that it also plays a pivotal role in slowing down the effects of aging on the body, enabling individuals who exercise regularly to live healthier lives for longer.

Having enumerated the benefits of exercise on the body, it’s a wonder why more people are not engaging in exercise. If you’re one of the people who have not started exercising yet, what are you waiting for? Get off the couch and start working your way towards a healthier life.