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Good and Bad, the Little Things Add Up in Fitness

Moderate Exercise

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  • New research into physical activity suggests that not only can you get a phenomenal workout in just 20 minutes or sometimes even less, but the little things – such as making an effort to stand more instead of sitting – also add up.
  • One study found people who exercised moderately, running one to 20 miles per week at a pace of about 10-11 minute miles (a jogging rate), had an even lower risk of dying than those who ran more than 20 miles a week or at a pace faster than seven miles per hour, suggesting more is not necessarily better (and may actually be worse).
  • The key to getting the most benefits is balancing your workouts so that they’re challenging enough to keep you progressing fitness-wise, but not so overly strenuous that they cause harm; ample recovery time is also important.

By Dr. Mercola

If one of your goals for 2013 is to get in better shape, congratulations! This is one of the most important steps you can take to protect your health. And while you may think this will automatically require spending more time at the gym, this isn’t necessarily the case, especially if you’ve grown used to hour-long treadmill sessions or grueling long-distance runs.

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