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How long should you exercise for?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: 4 X/wk, 40min each

How much exercise and what type(s) one should do is quite variable, dependent on age, physical condition, weight, medical illnesses, muskuloskeletal problems, conditioning status.
In general, start low and build up to goal, both in time and intensity. Would recommend aerobic (treadmill, outdoor walk, elliptical, swim) above amt. Some resistance training also. If some part of body hurts, stop stat.

In brief: 4 X/wk, 40min each

How much exercise and what type(s) one should do is quite variable, dependent on age, physical condition, weight, medical illnesses, muskuloskeletal problems, conditioning status.
In general, start low and build up to goal, both in time and intensity. Would recommend aerobic (treadmill, outdoor walk, elliptical, swim) above amt. Some resistance training also. If some part of body hurts, stop stat.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
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Mike Moore
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: 30 minutes

Exercise for 30 minutes minimum for a minimum of 3 times a week.
If you get tired with minimal exercise (you can't walk a flat city block, 300 feet or so, or a flight of stairs) without difficulty you should see a doctor. Also, it's always a good idea to talk over an exercise program with a doctor if you have a chronic illness or medical condition.

In brief: 30 minutes

Exercise for 30 minutes minimum for a minimum of 3 times a week.
If you get tired with minimal exercise (you can't walk a flat city block, 300 feet or so, or a flight of stairs) without difficulty you should see a doctor. Also, it's always a good idea to talk over an exercise program with a doctor if you have a chronic illness or medical condition.
Mike Moore
Mike Moore
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Dr. Peter Corrado
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends on person

A good goal is to get about 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise at least 5 days a week.
You should include aerobics, strength training and stretching. Depending on your general condition you may want start slowly with shorter less intense workouts and gradually increase the time and effort. Talk to a doc if you have any health concerns and remember that a healthy diet is important here too.

In brief: Depends on person

A good goal is to get about 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise at least 5 days a week.
You should include aerobics, strength training and stretching. Depending on your general condition you may want start slowly with shorter less intense workouts and gradually increase the time and effort. Talk to a doc if you have any health concerns and remember that a healthy diet is important here too.
Dr. Peter Corrado
Dr. Peter Corrado
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