Just 30 Minutes a Day
Sedentary healthy adults who accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity exercise each day can increase physical activity and improve cardiovascular fitness and blood pressure as much as adults who follow a structured, fitness-centered program, according to a study in The Physician and SportsMedicine.
Sedentary healthy adults who accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity exercise each day will get more physical activity and improve cardiovascular fitness and blood pressure as much as adults who follow a structured, fitness program, according to a study inThe Physician and SportsMedicine
A total of 116 men and 119 women were trained for six months in either a structured or non-structured exercise program and then monitored for 18 months. The structured exercise program included three to five 20-minute to 60-minute sessions per week at 50 to 85 percent of maximum aerobic capacity. The other group participated in unregulated moderate-intensity physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day.
|calories burned per day||840||690|
|VO2 max||0.77 ml||1.34 ml|
|systolic blood pressure||down 3.63||down 3.26|
|diastolic blood pressure||down 5.38||down 5.14|
|body fat percentage||down 2.39||down 1.85|
|total cholesterol||insignificant||down 5.11|
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