The average adult needs at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of activity each week, at a moderate intensity level, like power walking. Up the intensity to jogging or running, and you can aim for at least 75 minutes a week.
Add a couple of strength sessions a week and you can expect to build muscle, protect your heart, avoid obesity and live even longer!
I am not saying that shorter sessions of regular exercise are not worth it, at least you are doing something! Even just 10 minute increments of exercise can make a world of difference in your health and well-being. But those of you who make exercise a part of your regular routine (without over doing it) are definitely reaping the benefits.
Here are a few Facts:
- Regular exercisers have a 40% lower risk of developing Dementia and a 60% lower risk of any type of cognitive impairment.
- In young adults, regular exercise can increase bone mineral density by as much as 2-8% a year, helping to prevent dangerous falls and fractures later on in life.
- Some of the big differences between sedentary and active people are obviously beneficial, like a healthier stronger heart and longer life span.
- People that exercise also have a higher maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max), which reflects that they have an increased capacity for aerobic exercise, or a more efficient sweating response, which helps their bodies to cool quickly and recover at a quicker rate.
Regular Exerciser Versus Sedentary Person
- Manuella Myburgh