Articles , Blog October 3, 2019 42 Comments How Much Should You Exercise? 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Get yours with our spring fundraiser! Details and gear here: https://www.booster.com/nutritionfactscollection Reply Joseph says: April 29, 2017 at 8:09 pm I hear that running is bad for you in the long run no pun intended Reply Katherine W says: April 30, 2017 at 2:44 am A yoga class is usually 90 minutes… makes me wonder who decided that! Reply Anton Trier says: April 30, 2017 at 11:22 pm I come from a family of hunters and farmers, and i was wondering if there are any health benefits from eating wild game, venison, salmon etc. Or if all meat is just a no no. I would love links to different research about this topic and or a response from someone who can explain the nutritional science on this topic. thanks Reply Adalya says: May 1, 2017 at 9:51 pm Let's not forget, that exercise doesn't necessarily mean going to the gym. It's also walking to buy groceries instead of using your car or going by bike if it's too far to walk to the next store, using stairs instead of elevators, taking breaks from sitting in the office and walking a little (maybe even walk every time you're on the phone if that is possible at your job). Little things like this do add up in the long run. Also how about doing some pushups before going in the shower, some squats during commercial breaks while watching tv, leg lifts while brushing your teeth etc. I don't have time to go the gym for 90 minutes, but nearly everyone has 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there to do a little something throughout the day. Reply Dysprosium says: May 3, 2017 at 3:09 am Do the times vary based on the type an d intensity of exercise? Running, walking, cycling, and swimming? Could you provide more info on that if there is? Thanks for all the great work! Reply Nerds and Nutrition says: May 3, 2017 at 7:33 pm Try rebounding if you'd like to try something new! It's beyond fun and helps support your immune system by moving the lymph fluid around the body. Give it a try! 🙂 Reply Mackenzie McGowan says: May 3, 2017 at 11:14 pm Well, my job has me walking around for at least 7 hours a day. I guess I'm halfway to immortal then. Reply QualityGains says: May 4, 2017 at 6:11 pm I try to exercise every day. The physiological and psychological effects are unbeaten in my opinion. Thank you for the video Dr. Greger! Reply Mikko Heiska says: May 6, 2017 at 3:52 pm Nailing it once again. 🙂 Reply david decauwer says: May 8, 2017 at 4:13 pm there are whole categories of peoples which exercise more than 90 minutes per day, they are laborers in service Industries. Reply TRue to Life says: May 9, 2017 at 7:57 pm In the study, the amount of exercise, was this in addition to a moderate activity lifestyle? Or were these people sedentary otherwise? Just wondering how this data changes if you sit at a desk for 8 hours a day. Thanks! Reply adamaj says: May 17, 2017 at 8:22 pm I'd like to see a study on just plant based diets and exercise. Does exercise have much of an effect on people that are eating really healthy plant based vs people that aren't exercising but are still eating super healthy plant based. I don't doubt that exercise has a positive effect on people eating like crap, but blue zone people don't do any strenuous exercise and they live longer than anyone. They do, however, eat mostly plant based. Reply Okee Run says: May 21, 2017 at 4:44 pm Give it to me straight, Doc! Reply Plant Based Mama says: June 15, 2017 at 9:24 am Go to animal shelter. Get rescue dog. Walk rescue dog every day for the rest of it's life. Problem solved! Reply Megawatt Apps says: June 23, 2017 at 2:15 am Man I really need to exercise more!! Reply stabilisedchaos says: June 28, 2017 at 6:10 am I exercise for 90 minutes 5 times a week and I would not have it any other way.I feel amazing when I am doing it and amazing for hours afterwards.If I don't exercise for a few days I get tired and irritable and I can feel myself starting to seize up. Reply Jordy Molina Zambrano says: August 25, 2017 at 9:56 pm There you goooo doc!! Reply Precyce says: September 5, 2017 at 11:08 am My resting heart rate is 43 beats per minute and that's after a cup of coffee.I stopped exercising 3 years ago. Reply Anya Izmailova says: September 14, 2017 at 2:53 pm It's infuriating that those making federal guidelines treat the public with kid gloves by advising the population to eat &/or exercise in a manner that those writing the guidelines presume the public can 'handle' or find 'doable'. Wouldn't disclosing the most optimal, honest facts be more ethical, therefore allowing for people to make the most informed decisions about their health?The work you put into educating the public by providing easily accessible resources to the research you decipher, cross-reference & share is invaluable, Dr. Greger! Thank you so much. Reply Jason Ciola says: September 20, 2017 at 1:31 pm I guess that's a big benefit to being on such a big campus. Everyone at my college has to either bike or walk a along distance between classes Reply Whole Food Plant-Based Man says: October 8, 2017 at 12:04 am Dr. Greger is a godsend to nutritional studies. Reply Michelle Aldis says: November 8, 2017 at 8:55 am Went ahead and graphed all the data for "moderate to vigorous" "moderate" and minimal "(MET)" MorE Than sitting quietly? Trend.. Forecast.. Log.. Where does the forecast meet your 5% chance of mortality from accidental injury? For vigorous activity, it's 3.75hrs/day. For moderate activity, it's 6.08 hrs/day. The MET activity would take 16 hours a day or all of your waking hours being active. It's almost like we were built to move or something. Reply Bilbo says: November 15, 2017 at 1:26 pm I'm guessing that if you follow a healthy vegan diet you can probably get away with a lot less exercise, since exericse seems to mostly confer cardiovascular benefits. Reply Maxis art 09 says: January 11, 2018 at 12:26 am does yoga count Reply Luna Rose says: January 21, 2018 at 11:09 am Tbh I don't do much exercise because I work 13 hours a day. I just stick to my vegan diet and do exercise where and when I can. Reply Barry McAlister says: March 15, 2018 at 3:35 am 4 mph is a really fast pace, how many people can actually do that? Reply supkika says: April 12, 2018 at 6:25 pm Exactly! Say it like it is goddamnit! Reply Mat Winner says: April 13, 2018 at 1:18 am Exercice is just a waste of perfectly good human energy; just move naturally and with a constant purpose and you will be fine. Plant trees, walk or run to gun someplace, build stuff, garden, carry your child… Reply Buddy Bradley says: April 13, 2018 at 5:04 pm Liked, but it didn't really answer the question precisely enough for what I was specting. Reply Saturated Fat says: April 16, 2018 at 8:11 am Walk 24 hours a day? Reply calikokat08 says: May 16, 2018 at 1:50 am i use my tread mill for walking 90 minutes a day….in order to avoid boredom ..i watch netflix…while on the machine…works for me 🙂 Reply Daltira says: June 8, 2018 at 8:28 pm AEROBICS!!!!! Reply Bonnie Mullen says: June 23, 2018 at 3:12 pm Love you Dr. Gregers, your voice, your manner of speaking so comforting and down to earth your a cutie👍☺️😍😁🙋😘🌸🥑🥂💃🍇🍉🍌🍒🍏🍎🍆🍅🌰🥕🥝🍓🍍🌽🥜🍋🍈🍊🥒🍠🥔🍌🦋 Reply TheAhmedvienna says: July 6, 2018 at 1:33 pm I walk about ninety minutes a day. During summer time I walk 120 minutes or more. I find myself in a very good shape. As I can climb stairs without losing my breath. Keep in mind I have not been to the gym so often the past year or so. Reply Cashual K says: July 17, 2018 at 7:03 pm Omg I walk for like 1:30 a day lol and do hiit 😀 Reply verbatim1231 says: October 18, 2018 at 10:33 pm As always, very interesting. It should be pointed out though that your definition of exercise is particular. If you take running, for instance, the recommendations of 120'/week appear in line with what most sport physicians would advocate for as a maximum for the average person. They usually refer to studies showing that endurance training itself may cause inflammation (in your arteries?) and increase the risk of heart attacks (during training). Hence three moderate trainings a week would represent the point of diminishing returns. Would be interesting to hear your take on this! Reply Raghu Seetharaman says: November 6, 2018 at 7:13 am I do a timed weight training routine that, at 30 years old, keeps my heart rate at a consistent 135 bpm. It involves an activation routine and mostly supersets so I can get more muscles worked. It works well for me since, as a CEO, I work about 120 or so hours a week to change the world. I strongly recommend that with a quick vegan diet (basically eat slow/rice cooked items all day) to remain healthy while also working hard. Reply Vince says: November 6, 2018 at 3:26 pm I believe there is value in not only exercising, but if possible, try to work up a sweat every so often. This helps in detoxifying the body. Reply Sebby Hartley says: January 20, 2019 at 10:27 am Try telling Lance cycling is a ‘moderate activity’ comparable to gardening. Reply señor pepper says: February 17, 2019 at 6:08 pm erday except on sonntag. because sonntag ist ein tag der ruhe. no what i mean vern? Reply Dan Cagle says: May 14, 2019 at 11:43 am Great to hear that more exercise is beneficial. "The Food," still seems to be paramount, as has already been mentioned. Dr. Esselstyn did a video making a point that the Okinawan blue zoners don't exercise much; but they do eat well and have good social connections. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.