How Much Exercise Is Enough Each Week?

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running buddiesWe have been hearing a lot about the ways that we can reduce the likelihood of getting Type II Diabetes and heart disease. One of the ways is to take 30 minute walk at least three times a week as well as eating a healthy diet that has a lot of fruits and vegetables and has a s little processed food as possible.

A new study claims that how often you exercise is really not as important as how much exercise you get in total. According to the study, if you exercised twice a week, the benefit would be the same as someone who exercised every single day,as long as the total number of minutes added up to the same time.

When it comes to lowering your risk for metabolic syndrome, as long as you get your recommended amount of exercise in each week, it may not really matter how you space apart your workout time, according to a new study.

Researchers from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, found that exercising for 150 minutes at a moderate-to-vigorous activity level had benefits for decreasing the odds of developing of metabolic syndrome, no matter if the exercise is done in multiple short spurts throughout the week, or done in bigger chunks a few times a week. Metabolic syndrome is a known risk factor for heart disease and diabetes, and includes a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and having a large waistline.

“The important message is that adults should aim to accumulate at least 150 minutes of weekly physical activity in whatever pattern that works for their schedule,” study researcher Dr. Ian Janssen said in a statement.

The study, published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, included 2,324 Canadian adults ages 18 to 64 who were included in the 2007 to 2011 cycles of the Canadian Health Measures Survey. All the study participants’ exercise was measured over a seven-day period using accelerometers.

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