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Doctor insights on: How Long Should You Sleep Per Day

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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How long do you need to exercise per day to be healthy?

How long do you need to exercise per day to be healthy?

20+ minutes: 20 minutes or more, non-stop, every day. And remember 40 today does not equal 20 today and 20 tomorrow. If you do 40 min today, you still need 20+ tomorrow! go for it. ...Read more

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How much should a person exercise per day?

How much should a person exercise per day?

Depends on your goal: Recommendation for healthy lifestyle is at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity five times per week. One hour per day is plenty if you are taking a class. I would definitely include one "mind body" session per week such as yoga, two of the weekly work outs should include some form of strength training. Do not forget hydration, balanced eating and rest! ...Read more

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How long do I need to walk per day while pregnant to maintain weight?

How long do I need to walk per day while pregnant to maintain  weight?

Diet and exercise: Walking briskly 30 minutes a day is adequate for cardiovascular health. To maintain weight you must eat a diet balanced with fruits, vegetables, whole grain, lean protein, and adequate calcium from dairy such as low fat yogurt or skim milk. Your OB can tell you an estimate of your caloric needs per day according to your present weight and how far along your pregnancy is. ...Read more

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How many times a day should you poop to stay healthy?

How many times a day should you poop to stay healthy?

"Normal" bowels: "normal" frequency ranges (in a bell-curve distribution) from three movements daily to one every three to four days. The amount, color, frequency of stool varies with foods, speed of emptying of the GI tract, medications & supplements ingested, gut flora (unique for each individual), additives (like blood), subtractions (like absent bile), infection, inflammation, & other factors. ...Read more

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How many hours of sleep per week do you need to function?

How many hours of sleep per week do you need to function?

Not week, night: Most adults do best with 7 - 7 1/2 hours of sleep per night. You can cut it a bit short and make up for it on weekends, but that's not near as good as that solid 7 every night. ...Read more

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How long should you exercise a day?

Weekly goals.: You don't have to exercise every day, and in fact, you need to let your body recover from time to time. Try 20 - 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise a day, 4 or 5 times each week. Make sure you consult your physician before starting a new exercise regiment. ...Read more

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How long and how often per day should you do steam inhalation for sinusitis?

How long and how often per day should you do steam inhalation for sinusitis?

Varies: Every several hours if it is being helpful, or until the sinus congestion resolves. Ask your family doc or ENT what they recommend.. ...Read more

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How many hours in a day should you exercise?

20-30 minutes: Physical activity is associated with a lower rates of death overall in healthy people, as well as those with diabetes, chronic disease, and the elderly. The recommendations for exercise by healthy individuals are: participating in moderate-intensity aerobic activity for at least 30 minutes on 5 days/week or vigorous-intensity aerobic activity for at least 20 minutes on 3 days/week. ...Read more

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How many times do a healthy person should go to motion per day?

How many times do a healthy person should go to motion per day?

No definite #: Varies from 1-2 times a day to every 2-3 days. It is frequency, consistency and amount of stool that determine normal or abnormal pattern ...Read more

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How much time should I exercise for daily?

How much time should I exercise for daily?

Exercise daily: Regular daily exercise is important to ones mental and physical health. The recommendation nationally is currently for 10, 000 steps a day. This takes an average of 20-25 min extra walking a day. Another way to plan out your exercise is for 150 min a week of exercise. Typically, people say that there isn't enough time to exercise, but, if you make it a priority, you can find 20 min to yourself ...Read more

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How much iron do I need every day to be healthy?

How much iron do I need every day to be healthy?

18 mg (elemental): Women (non-pregnant) 19-50 need 18 mg of elemental iron. I make the distinction because sometimes iron is "packaged" as iron sulfate or feso4 and the mg are usually about 20x more for the equivalent dose or the usual of 320 mg of feso4. The best source for all your questions on this topic is: http://www.Womenshealth.Gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/anemia.Cfm#h. ...Read more

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How much time should a teenager spend exercising a day or week? Thank you.

How much time should a teenager spend exercising a day or week? Thank you.

See below: Hard question to answer as all teenagers are different. I suppose it would depend on the type of exercise, medical health and history, and whether any perceived damage is occurring with the present regimen. Many coaches can push teens too far in training leading to all sorts of problems. As long as the teen appears healthy and has no complaints, and is doing their school work well, no worries. ...Read more

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How long should I run every day (minimum miles) to see positive effects in general?

How long should I run every day (minimum miles) to see positive effects in general?

Running?: ToanN~ it depends on what positive effects you are looking for? If you are training for a marathon you need about 10mi a day with 1 days rest and a 20mi run once on the weekends and if you are trying to shed 5 lbs in weight, perhaps 2 mi, 2 - 3 times a week will do???? thanks ...Read more

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How long do I need to walk per day while pregnant to maintain my weight?

How long do I need to walk per day while pregnant to maintain my weight?

30 minutes.: Half an hour of fast walking daily is sufficient for most pregnancies (treadmill just as good, if not better due to cushioning of step vibrations). Your obstetrician will tell you if you need less or more exercise depending on other conditions such as poor fetal growth, diabetes mellitus, other maternal diseases. Make sure you remain well hydrated and not short of breath! ...Read more