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What is Moderate Intensity Exercise?

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Updated May 16, 2014

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Health guidelines give a prescription for the kind and amount of exercise needed for the best health benefits. Moderate intensity exercise is recommended for either 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week or a total of 2 hours and 30 minutes per week. What is moderate intensity exercise, though?

Sources:

Haskell WL, Lee IM, Pate RR, Powell KE, Blair SN, Franklin BA, Macera CA, Heath GW, Thompson PD, Bauman A. "Physical Activity and Public Health. Updated Recommendation for Adults From the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association." Circulation. 2007 Aug 1. [Epub ahead of print]

"Be Active Your Way: A Fact Sheet for Adults" U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Accessed 10/12/2008.

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