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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

You sparkers who are familiar with me know that I am a "good enough is good enough" kind of guy. You needn't push yourself to the limits all the time to improve your health or well being. You just need to get out there and exercise more than you used to.

I read blogs constantly where we kind of beat up on ourselves when we feel like we should be doing more. Trying harder. Pushing more.

Well, good news for us. According to what I just read more is not necessarily better. In fact, less could be better - for your mortality expectations. Moderation according to these experts, is the key.

Here's a quote:“These data certainly support the idea that more running is not needed to produce extra health and mortality benefits,” said Dr. Carl J. Lavie, medical director of cardiac rehabilitation and prevention at the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans and an author of the study. “If anything,” he continued, “it appears that less running is associated with the best protection from mortality risk. More is not better, and actually, more could be worse.”

The complete article is here:

The gist of it is, just get out there and do some moderate exercise three times a week for a total of 150 minutes. Do some strength training as well. Mix it up, and go easy.

I hope this helps assuage some of the guilt that I constantly read here on Sparkpeople.

Thanks for reading and have an easy day.

Edit: The article did not specify 3 times a week exercise, I added that from my memory of reading that advice so many times. Thanks to Pastafarian for pointing out my error.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ROXYZMOM 3/27/2013 7:48PM

    I can see that. I think it also helps prevent burnout when you are just doing something you love.

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    I am all for this! Too bad I don't always act that way. Thanks for the reminder.

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LISAINMS 3/27/2013 4:04PM

    True stuff!

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CM_GARDNER78 3/26/2013 9:53PM

    I am a totally guilty party of THAT kind of guilt...for sure!! Great article - thanks for putting it out there to help alleviate the guilty feelings!! :-)

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LINDAKAY228 3/26/2013 5:21PM

    Great information! I do sometimes feel that guilt.

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SEABREEZE65 3/26/2013 5:04PM

    Sounds right to me!!!

I just started a book that is promoting running REALLY, REALLY slow to improve aerobic capacity is better than pushing pushing pushing.

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ONMYMEDS 3/26/2013 5:01PM

    Good timing on your blog. I just got this link today from LiveStrong.


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NATPLUMMER 3/26/2013 2:38PM

    Thanks for the link :-)

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/26/2013 2:00PM

    And even more important, don't spend the rest of the day sitting.

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DALID414 3/26/2013 12:32PM

    We should stop beating ourselves up.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/26/2013 12:17PM

    I totally agree with you, especially the "mix it up" part.

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PASTAFARIAN 3/26/2013 12:04PM

    BOILHAM, Where did you come up with "do some moderate exercise three times a week" from. I couldn't find "3x/week" in the article explicitly or implied.

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STRIVERONE 3/26/2013 12:00PM

    That was an interesting and reassuring article. Thanks.

The link didn't work because of the way it split, but it should be the first Google result if you search this phrase:
"moderation as the sweet spot for exercise"

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SYNCHRODAD 3/26/2013 11:36AM

    "Science" supports a lot of things. But, I would agree and very much think that if anyone exercises 150 minutes a week and at least 3 times a week and tosses in some ST, that person will achieve a level of fitness and aerobics and weight stability that will yield a healthy, all around decent sense of well being.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/26/2013 11:11AM

    Thanks, I needed that today.

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LAURIE5658 3/26/2013 11:02AM

    Vic, I am one that is guilty on all charges when it comes to beating oneself up. If I spent the time actually getting off my arse rather than feeling guilty for not, I would be in a lot better shape. Great article.

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NWFL59 3/26/2013 10:57AM

    Sounds good to me. emoticon

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