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Forum Name: Sports medicine

Question: excercise time per day

elias - Wed Jan 26, 2005 8:27 am

how many minutes a day do we need to excercise? like 30 minutes right? does walking count?
Kirsty_Oz - Wed Jan 26, 2005 8:34 am

walking is often the most suggested form of exercise, because it is easy, convenient and most people enjoy it. in the state of australia that I live in it is highly publicised to partake in 30 minutes of physical activity a day... even if you break it up 3X10.
30 minutes is the recommended to maintain optimal health.
elias - Wed Jan 26, 2005 8:36 am

oh? dividing it up is ok too? sweet :D
Kirsty_Oz - Wed Jan 26, 2005 9:14 am

most people are probably more inclined to exercise in 10-20 bursts. remember, you need an elevated heart rate whilst walking for it to be most effective.... but not too high! walk so you can carry a conversation. you are walking too fast if you are gasping for breathe whilst speaking, and too slow if you can sing!.

if you are starting a exercise regime for health reasons (weight loss or heart health etc), maybe consider taking to you local gp and see what they suggest.
elias - Wed Jan 26, 2005 5:54 pm

sorry, what's a gp?
Kirsty_Oz - Thu Jan 27, 2005 2:42 am

a general practitioner. a local doctor,

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