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How Much Exercise Do Women Need?

Most women know the importance of physical activity in maintaining good health, but how much is enough? Although everyone’s needs are different, there are some general guidelines that can help you determine how much exercise to aim for in your day for the best possible health. Be sure to review any new exercise plans with your doctor before beginning to make sure it is safe for you. Here is what you need to know about the exercise and women’s health.

Exercise for Good Health

To reap the maximum health benefits from exercise, do two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity per week or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity. You can also choose to mix moderate and vigorous-intensity activities. Moderate-intensity activity refers to aerobic exercise that increases your heart rate but still allows you to speak comfortably, such as brisk walking. Vigorous-intensity activity is an aerobic exercise that increases your heart rate dramatically and makes you breathe so hard that talking is difficult. Jogging is an example of a vigorous-intensity activity. In addition to these aerobic activities, aim to do muscle-strengthening activities on at least two days per week. Achieving these exercise goals will help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some kinds of cancer.

Exercise for Weight Loss

If you want to exercise for weight loss and not just for the health benefits, you may need to increase the amount of activity you do each week. Many people who exercise for weight loss aim for 300 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week. You may also need to decrease your calorie intake, in addition, to exercise to achieve weight loss.

At West Hills Hospital, our surgical weight loss program helps patients reach healthy weights when diet and exercise alone are not enough. After surgery, our patients receive extensive follow-up care to help them lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. Find out more about bariatric weight loss and get answers to your other questions about our services, including emergency care and our burn center in West Hills, by calling (818) 676-4321.