30 minutes to a healthy life

Monday, January 22, 2001

As little as 30 minutes of brisk walking or other moderate to vigorous physical activity done daily will improve heart functioning and help control blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

"That's a small price to pay for the benefit of reducing your risk for cardiovascular disease," said Rhonda K. Christensen, Buena Vista County Extension Education Director. "Yet, only about 40 percent of adults in Iowa meet this recommendation - 60 percent are either completely sedentary or are less active than recommended."

It's possible that people may think the requirement is harder to achieve than it really is. "We're not talking fitness pros," said Christensen. "What's needed is simply activity that will burn about 300 calories per half-hour; for example, walking at a speed of 3 to 4 miles per hour. Light perspiration is a sign that you are exercising at an adequate intensity level."

Housework, gardening, shoveling snow, and playing with children also count if performed at the 300 calories per half-hour intensity.

Read the rest of this article in the 1/20 Pilot Tribune.

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