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 in 

The 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.

 

 non-structuredstructured
calories burned per day840690
VO2 max0.77 ml1.34 ml
systolic blood pressuredown 3.63down 3.26
diastolic blood pressuredown 5.38down 5.14
body fat percentagedown 2.39down 1.85
total cholesterolinsignificantdown 5.11

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