As we head into winter and the holiday season, many people ease up on their exercise programs.
As this ScienCentral News video reports, there are many who do no exercise at all, but may be fooling themselves into thinking that they do.
What Is Exercise?
For many people the thought of exercise involves joining a gym and worrying about what clothes to wear while pumping iron. Because this may be a deterrent for some, Glen Duncan Ph.D., a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Florida and co-author of a study on the exercise habits of sedentary adults, points out that exercise doesn't need to be confined to the gym.
But what constitutes enough exercise? According to Duncan, the new recommended amounts are easy enough: "Right now the current recommendations are that individuals should exercise most if not all days of the week for at least 30 minutes per occasion. The intensity of the exercise should be at least moderate intensity; when you think of 'moderate intensity,' it's like taking a brisk walk — walking like you are in a hurry or trying to get somewhere quickly."