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How Much Should I Exercise to Have Heart Benefits?

Written by
Dr. Nishith Chandra
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan

Published on Nov 18, 2013 and last reviewed on Apr 08, 2019   -  1 min read



A very frequently asked question by patients is 'how much should I exercise to have tangible heart benefits.' This article gives an idea about the exercise required for heart benefits.

How Much Should I Exercise to Have Heart Benefits?

Every patient who consults a cardiologist is advised about the health benefits of physical exercise. But one thing is not advised properly, that is how much exercise a person should do to have benefits to heart!

Here, I would simplify it by advising you the " Rule of Four." Rule of four states that in order to have benefits you have to walk at least:

  • Four times a week (Going for a long walk for at least four times a week).
  • For forty minutes at a stretch and.
  • Should cover a distance of four kilometers. This is in a nutshell about the amount of exercise a person has to do.

Other Benefits of Exercises:

  • Physical exercise has far-reaching benefits for the heart. It reduces the risk of heart attack in the future. Exercising also lowers cholesterol and helps in achieving the ideal body weight.
  • Another benefit of exercise is that it helps in alleviating depression if any, as it releases mood-elevating chemicals like endorphins in the body.
  • People who exercise regularly also have strong bones and joints.
  • Exercise also helps in controlling diabetes.
  • Exercise also improves dementia, improving the balance, mobility, and activities of daily living.

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Last reviewed at:
08 Apr 2019  -  1 min read




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