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.
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.
“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
“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
“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
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
When people exercise, they often don't lose as much weight as scientists expect. Why?Find out why
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