How Much Exercise Do You Need to Prevent Heart Disease?

You may have heard that cardiovascular exercise is one way to help prevent heart disease, but do you know how much you need to stay healthy? New Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, published at the end of 2008 suggest the following levels of exercise for adults (18-64 years of age):

  • 2.5 hours of moderate exercise (walking or participating in an exercise class)
  • 1.25 hours of vigorous exercise (jogging, cycling, or swimming)

This doesn’t seem like such a daunting task, does it? Getting active means that you will increase your life expectancy by between three and seven years, on average. If it means you will be around longer, it’s well worth the effort.

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