150 Minutes of What?

That’s the number of physical activity minutes the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends for adults aged 18 to 64:

  • 150 minutes of moderate intensity per week (5, 30 minute sessions) or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity (5, 15 minute sessions).
  • 300 minutes of moderate intensity per week (5, 60 minute sessions) or 150 minutes of vigorous intensity (5, 30 minute sessions) if you are looking for more extensive health benefits.

How do you define moderate versus vigorous intensity?

The benefits to your heart were recently defined based on these two, varying exercise levels.  According to Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, people who exercised 150 minutes of moderately intense physical activity per week had a 14% reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), compared with those who had no physical activity.  Individuals who increased their weekly totals to 300 minutes, decreased their risk of CHD  had a 20% reduction.

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