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Your Body: How much time do we need to spend working out?
2/22/2017 2:47:36 PM
Your Body: How much time do we need to spend working out?

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Whether you’re a so-called “weekend warrior” or a gym rat, everyone benefits from time spent working out.

It’s long been recommended that we need 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity workouts per week to stay healthy and to avoid things like cancer, heart disease and even premature death. But how much is enough?

The findings of a new study suggest that a couple of 75-minute sessions per week can really reduce health problems.

Here’s my prescription for getting off the couch and into the gym:

  • Find something you like. You’re much more willing to stick with it if you’re actually enjoying yourself.
  • Try group classes and activities and learn to love the process, not just the product.

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