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How Much Weekly Exercise is Necessary?

Last updated April 29, 2016

Exercising is one of the most important things you can do to maintain good health. Exercise can help prevent obesity and a host of weight-related health conditions including diabetes and heart disease.


Exercising is one of the most important things you can do to maintain good health. Exercise can help prevent obesity and a host of weight-related health conditions including diabetes and heart disease. The right amount of activity a week can vary for each person. It is important to get cardiovascular and muscular exercise for the best health benefits.

For average adults aged 19-64 years old, daily exercise is best. According to Mayo Clinic, adults need 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, 75 minutes of intense aerobic activity, or a combination of both per week in addition to at least 2 days of strength training. A good goal is to get 30 minutes of exercise a day either at once, or in short intervals. Moderate aerobic exercises include hiking, water aerobics, fast-paced walking, and bike riding. Intense aerobic exercise includes running, rapid swimming, jogging, tennis, skipping rope, and fast biking.

The amount of exercise per day or per week can be adjusted based on each person’s personal fitness level and health goals. Be aware of how much you can do each day and try to improve your level of fitness progressively over time. It is important to not over exercise and injure yourself!

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First uploaded: April 29, 2016
Last updated: April 29, 2016