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    The Value of Light Exercise
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    Henry S Lodge, MD posted:
    Whether you're working toward high-level fitness or just looking to maintain your overall health, light exercise is important.

    If you're really committed to high-level fitness, which is certainly our hope, light exercise is a key component of your workout plan. Ideally, you're looking at four days a week of hard exercise -- two of strength training, and two of hard aerobics -- as the base of your program, and then two days a week of very light, long duration exercise, like a long walk or easy bike ride. An hour of this light exercise will keep you on track for your fitness goals while giving your body a chance to actively recover from the hard days.

    Even if you're not serious about exercise (yet!), light exercise plays a wonderful role in promoting your overall health. Nobody has done truly high-quality studies, but data suggest that walking is, mile for mile, as good for your long-term cardiovascular health as running. ("Mile for mile" is very different than hour for hour. Walking three miles is the same as running three miles, but walking a half hour is definitively not the same as running a half hour).

    So, if you are aiming for good physical and mental health, but simply can't get yourself into the harder exercise groove, shoot for walking an hour a day, or the equivalent in any other form of light exercise, and you will have done yourself a world of good.
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    AlexiaSmith responded:
    Yes, Light exercise is really helpful for keeping you active in busy hours. But i think one should consult to the experts and community members to get suggestion for the exercise according to the life style.

    If one is associated with any organization and doing physically hard work then need of the exercise will be different comparison to the people who are working with mental work.
     
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    plazadental responded:
    I agree with you doc, exercising is a must for keeping a number of health problems at bay. One should do exercises in some form or the other, even light exercises are very helpful.


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