Exercise can help you think and sleep better, tapers anxiety, and curbs the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, many cancers, osteoporosis, memory loss, and weight gain. Here’s how and why to get moving.
Step it up
The power of exercise
In 2018, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans advised adults to do at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week, plus strength exercises at least twice a week.
Newsflash: Most of us aren’t hitting those targets. But our bodies aren’t frozen in time while we’re not exercising. We’re paying a price.
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Exercise and weight
How exercising affects your appetite
“There’s a common misconception that exercise is going to make you eat more at the next meal,” says David Broom, professor in the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences at Coventry University in England.See the evidence
Should you exercise in the "fat-burning zone"?
“A colleague once told me, ‘I’m only walking at two miles an hour because I’m burning more fat that way,’” recalls John Porcari, professor of exercise and sport science at the University of Wisconsin−La Crosse.What to do
Can afterburn help you burn more calories after exercise?
“Following the workout, as your body recovers, your metabolism stays elevated so you’re continuing to burn more calories and more fat hours after the workout is over,” claims an Orangetheory Fitness.com video.See the evidence
How accurate are calorie counts from gym equipment?
Your fitness tracker, treadmill, or stationary bike can estimate the calories you burn. Just don’t put too much stock in those numbers.What to know
How much can exercise help with weight loss?
When people exercise, they often don't lose as much weight as scientists expect. Why?Find out why
Getting the most out of exercise
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