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If your goal is to improve your health, studies in recent years have consistently indicated that you get the most benefit when you go from no exercise at all to exercising moderately.  Starting with Steve Blair’s classic study “Physical Fitness and All-Cause Mortality” (1989), a convincing body of research has emerged in support of the observation that most of the health benefit probably occurs from just mild exercise, not necessarily from the most arduous workouts.
The good news is that what the researches call moderate exercise really is moderate.  Most health benefits seem to accrue if you simply walk briskly for about 20 to 30 minutes a day, covering a mile in 15 to 20 minutes, or ride a bike at a modest pace.  You can take three 10-minute walks a day, or you can ride a bike for 20 minutes and walk for 10.  …  Almost any physical activity will suffice, and there is no need to push yourself till you’re out of breath, gasping for air.  You don’t have to return from your session soaked in sweat.  Yes, you do get a slight extra benefit from exercising a little harder or a little longer, but that extra benefit is small compared to the benefit you apparently get from just doing moderate exercise.
    —    Gina Kolata
Quoted from her book: “Ultimate Fitness
[As simple as it sounds, just get up and get started…    —    KMAB]
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“Ah, the truth about exercise?”  He replies, “Well, I suspect that exercise is more often a marker of health than its cause — healthy people like to exercise more than unhealthy people to start with.  And the real value of it is not in terms of abstract health benefits like longevity —  and extra few hours or maybe months —  but because it feels good when you do it or when it’s over.  To hell with Hygeia; the truth lies in pleasure.”
    —    Dr. Richard Friedman
As quoted by Gina Kolata in her book: “Ultimate Fitness: The Quest For Truth About Exercise And Health
[For my review of this very interesting book, click: Into The Dark…   And for those of you wondering, Hygeia is the Greek goddess of health.    —    KMAB]
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