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Exercise – How Much; How Often?

By Professor Gordon S. Lynch

Can exercising for just a few days a week give the same health benefits as exercising more often?

Exercise targets for good health

To keep reasonably fit and reduce the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, most health authorities recommend we undertake at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise on most days in order to reach a basic weekly target of 150 minutes. And recent dietary guidelines suggest we may need to do even more than that if we're to keep our weight under control.

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